Clashes in Srinagar’s downtown area

Srinagar, September 03 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, massive clashes broke out between Kashmiri youth and the Indian forces in Nawabazar area of downtown Srinagar following forced burial of veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani.

Restrictions in the area were imposed following the death of Kashmir’s most prominent resistance leader Syed Ali Gilani and people in large numbers came out on streets after Modi-led fascist regime in IIOJK did not allow them to attend the funeral of their beloved leader.

Several youth were seen on one end of the road while the Indian forces were in front clashing with them. Eyewitnesses said that several teargas shells were fired during the clashes.

Gilani passed away Wednesday night at 10:30 pm following a prolonged illness at his home, where he was kept under house detention for most of the last decade. He was 92.

The state officials then imposed curfew across Kashmir and snapped nearly all lines of communications, except the fluctuating government-owned BSNL networks.

An eyewitness told media that roads were blocked while the intense teargas shelling took place in Nawabazar as hundreds of people gathered and clashed with Indian forces. “They [forces] blocked roads and fired teargas shell at the crowd,” he said.

Millions of the residents of Kashmir Valley were confined to their houses as the strict curfew was imposed by the authorities amidst communication blackout after Gilani’s death. The streets in Srinagar city were blocked with concertina wires and barricades while there was a heavy deployment of the Indian forces.