The ruling National Conference on Sunday organised a rally against “forces inimical to peace in Jammu and Kashmir”, capitalising on the anger over the killing of a civilian by pro-separatist stone-pelters.
The rallyists were opposed by pro-separatist supporters, who threw stones at them.
This was NC’s first march against separatists and stone-pelters since militancy broke out in the state in 1989.
“We apprised people about the ill-effects of stone pelting, which claimed the life of a civilian recently… Our peace rally is against the forces trying to destablise peace here,” said state public health engineering and tourism minister Nasir Wani.
The protesters came across a crowd shouting pro-freedom slogans, but police intervened and stopped the stone-pelting.
It was during a recent protest called by All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani that a civilian died after being hit by a stone.