Srinagar, May 26(KMW): Business and other activities came to a halt on Saturday in most parts of the downtown, where traders are protesting against security force action after Friday prayers, the Forces action according to votees adend traders left more than 100 persons including women and children woundedat the historic Jamia Masjid and frequent imposition of restrictions by the authorities.
However, police said that security forces showed utmost restraint, despite injuries to several personnel, including two senior officers, during clashes with protestors after Friday prayers outside Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar.
Police further said that on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramazan, police personnel were deployed in the area to facilitate the worshipers and prevent any untoward incident in the area.
However, Moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq alleged that heavy deployment of security forces around Jamia masjid in downtown Srinagar leads to tension and agitation. Shops and business establishments remained closed in main business hubs in the downtown, including Jamia Market, Rajouri Kadal, Nowhatta, Gojwara, Pandan and Khwaja Bazar in protest against Friday’s security force action and frequent imposition of curfew-like restrictions. However, traffic was plying normally and educational institutions, government offices and banks were functioning normally.
Hundreds of shopkeepers assembled at Jamia Masjid, stronghold of Mirwaiz, raising slogans against the government. They alleged that they are doing business only for two to three days in a week due to restrictions.
Immediately after Friday prayers were over in the historic worship place, massive clashes took place between demonstrators and security forces.