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Fresh protests ahead of Bush visit rock Srinagar

The protests were against publication of pictures of playing cards featuring the Holy Kabah by a news magazine.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 18:19 IST

Fresh protests erupted in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday on the eve of US President George W Bush's visit to India.

The protests were against the publication of pictures of playing cards featuring the Holy Kabah in Makkah by a news magazine.

Crowds shouting pro-Islam, anti-India and anti-West slogans stopped traffic and closed down markets in districts like Maisuma, Karan Nagar and Safakadal.

Police initially tried to chase away the 2,000-strong crowd, before they had to resort to baton charge.

Authorities have seized all copies of the weekly magazine.

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Basharat Ahmad Dhar said, "The police is looking into the issue and the government is exploring the possibility of initiating action against the magazine.

"I have already spoken to the chief secretary. The government is considering the matter. We have seized all copies of the magazine from news stalls and vendors in Srinagar."

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 18:19 IST