Traders protest, demand authorities to lift deployment around Jamia
Srinagar, May 26: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed in downtown Srinagar to protest against the use of force on protesters at Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area after Friday prayers yesterday.
Earlier on Friday, dozens of people sustained injuries after forces used tear gas canisters and pellet guns to disperse the protesters in Jamia Masjid.
The shutdown call was given by the Jamia Market Traders Federation following the clashes on Friday.
All the shops and other business establishments remained closed throughout the day in the area.
Meanwhile, trader federation also staged a protest against what they termed as the forces ‘highhandedness’, demanding authorities to lift the deployment of forces around Jamia Masjid.
They also condemned the use of force against the people.
It is worth to mention here that Jamia Masjid was closed for further prayers as there was blood from pellet and shell injuries all over the mosque which needs to be cleaned first.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq visited Jamia Masjid and SMHS hospital to enquire about the health of the injured.
“Amidst complete shutdown in down town and many areas of Srinagar to strongly protest the barbarity unleashed by police and forces on namazis & desecration of revered #JamaMasjid yesterday, visited Jama masjid & SMHS hospital.Deeply saddened to see the injured writhing in pain with,” Mirwaiz tweeted. “most having pellet wounds in their eyes! How cruel and heartless are the agents of rulers that they asked to fire pellets thru gaps in the closed doors of the mosque! Devilish!.” (KNS)