Afzal case: Fresh violence rocks Srinagar
Police fired teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to quell fresh violent protests held in Srinagar on Sunday.india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 16:44 IST
Police fired teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to quell fresh violent protests held in Srinagar on Sunday against the death sentence given to Mohammad Afzal Guru in the 2001 Parliament attack case and detained six JKLF leaders, official sources said.
The demonstrations, which resumed on Sunday after a day's break, were staged at Batmaloo and Maisuma areas of the city.
'Don't repeat Maqboolb Bhat (JKLF founder) by hanging Afzal Guru' said some placards carried by women protesters who gathered outside the shrine of sufi saint Hazrat Sheikh Dawood at Batmaloo. The protest was held by the JKLF.
Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protestors and later took JKLF leaders Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Noor Mohammad Kalwal and Mushtaq Ajmal into preventive custody, sources added.
Minutes after the protest, groups of youth gathered at Maisuma, the JKLF headquarters in the heart of the city, and pelted police and passing vehicles with stones, besides setting up roadblocks by setting tyres ablaze.
Police retaliated by firing teargas shells and a ding-dong battle between protesters and law-enforcers was on when last reports were received.
However, there was no report of any casualty, sources said.
Kashmir Valley was rocked by violent protests after a Delhi Court on September 26 fixed October 20 for hanging Afzal in Tihar Jail in Delhi.