People protests in solidarity with Burma Muslims, cops injured in Ang
Srinagar, Sep 08: The district administration on Friday imposed restrictions in Old City here to prevent the protest against the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The protest after Friday prayers was called by the Muslim religious organizations including the Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in solidarity with Burma Muslims.
They had also appealed people to observe Fri as solidarity day with Burma Muslims.
In view of the call given by the religious organizations, the authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of five police stations in downtown here.
A huge contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed on the roads here to prevent the possible protests against the killing of Rohingya Muslims.
The forces had erected concertina wires on the roads and were not allowing anyone to move towards the restriction bound areas, witnesses told KNS.
Meanwhile, authorities also barred people to offer the Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid here.
“We were not allowed to offer the congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid here and were forced to offer the Friday prayers in local Masjids,” locals told KNS.
Meanwhile, as soon as the Friday congregational prayers ended, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) workers and activists held protest at Maisuma area here.
The protesters raised slogans in favour of Rohingya Muslims while carrying the placards and banners reading ‘stop genocide of Muslims in Myanmar’.
They said that the atrocities being committed on the Muslims in Burma should be stopped forthwith. “It is unfortunate that the world community is acting as mute spectator over the killing of Rohingya Muslims. The International community must play their role to stop such violence and should also play their role to punish the killers,” they said.
Protest in solidarity with Rohingya Muslims was also held outside the Dastgeer sahab shrine in Khanyar area here, where scores of people assembled and chanted slogans in favour of the Rohingya Muslims.
Scores of Tibetan vendors also staged demonstration against the killings of Rohinga Muslims in Myanmar at Srinagar’s Press Enclave.
Protesting vendors’ were holding placards reading the slogans in favour of Burma Muslims.
They appealed Islamic countries to intervene and unite to stop the atrocities being committed on Rohingya Muslims.
Similar protests were also reported from several other places in Srinagar.
However, clashes erupt in Lal Chowk area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district today after the authorities disallowed the solidarity protest with Rohingya Muslims in the area.
The forces deployed on the roads used tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters who tried to carry out a protest against the Burmese action with Muslims there.
Meanwhile, reports said that the angry protesters chased the cops resulting in the injury to scores of policemen.
Meanwhile, police spokesman in a statement issued to KNS said that “today, soon after the culmination of Friday prayers, some miscreants from a mob started pelting stones on the police and security force deployment at Lal Chowk, Anantnag. These miscreants also set a police vehicle on fire. The miscreants were chased off by using mild force.”
He said that six police personnel including two officers identified as DySP Hqrs Anantnag Mohd Yousuf, SI Junaid Ahmad, HC Gurdeep Singh, Ct. Shabir Ahmad, Ct. Bilal Ahmad and Ct. Javaid Ahmad were injured in this incident, who were shifted to hospital for treatment.
“A case was registered and investigation was set into motion to identify these miscreants,” he added.
A senior Police official further informed KNS that the overall situation remained peaceful and under control throughout the day. (KNS)