SRINAGAR: Masked youth once again waved flags of IS, LeT and Pakistan in full public view in downtown Srinagar on Friday. They also burnt the Tricolour, while chanting anti-India slogans. The waving of flags of militant outfits coincided with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu.
After the completion of Jumat-ul-Vida (last Friday of the month of Ramadan) prayers in historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area, a group of masked youth waved three flags each of IS and LeT, amid chanting of pro-Pakistan slogans. The youth also waved two Pakistan flags and a Palestine flag. They also chanted slogans in favour of detained hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam.
The youth later tried to take out a procession, but were intercepted by police and paramilitary personnel. They pelted stones and bricks at policemen, who retaliated by lobbing tear smoke shells and resorting to a lathicharge. A policeman and some protesters were injured.
Earlier, while addressing the Friday congregation prayers, moderate Hurriyat leader and cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Narendra Modi should realise that Kashmir issue could not be resolved by force.