Despite management of historic Jamia Masjid reportedly brokering a deal with police to ensure no protest occurs in or outside the mosque, hundreds of youth staged anti-Indi protests at Nowhatta in old city area of Kashmir capital during which two boys were injured after being hit by a forces vehicle.
Witnesses told Kashmir Dispatch that as part of deal with police, the “volunteers” of Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid headed by resistance leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were deployed on the gates of the grand mosque. The “volunteers” were seen frisking all the worshippers and maintaining a tight vigil on youth in order to prevent from staging any protest in or outside the mosque.
While the Friday congregation concluded peacefully as “volunteers” ensured no protest takes place, but hundreds of youth at nearby Nowhatta square staged pro-Islam and pro-freedom protests soon after the prayers, witnesses said. They said that amid protests a forces vehicle passed through the area and hit two youths, both of whom sustained injuries and were hospitalized.
Soon after the incident, angry youths clashed with forces while commercial activities in the area came to halt. The situation in the area was tense when this report was being filed.