Violent protests in Srinagar after Malik’s arrest

Srinagar, September 30: Violent protests erupted in Maisuma locality of the city today after police detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and some of his supporters for taking out a rally against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Carrying posters and banners, Malik and JKLF activists took out a rally from Maisuma towards Budshah Chowk demanding that Guru should not be hanged, official sources said.

As soon as the protestors reached Budshah Chowk, a posse of policemen detained Malik and 15 activists and took them to a nearby police station, they said.

Irate protestors started pelting stones at police and paramilitary personnel at Masiuma, prompting law enforcing agencies to resort to cane-charge and tear smoke shelling, they said.

The clashes were going on till reports came in afternoon, they said, adding that there were no reports of anyone getting injured in the clashes.

Yesterday, Malik warned that Guru should not be hanged as it could push Kashmiri youths back to violence.