Srinagar, March 10: In a very strong action the police have arrested 39 people for allegedly organising a protest and indulging in pelting of stones on March 4 at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar soon after the Friday prayers.
“Pelting of stones will not be allowed at any cost. We have arrested 39 persons who indulged in the act in Srinagar [on Friday]. Fifteen of them will be booked under the PSA [Public Safety Act],” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said.
Protests and clashes broke on Friday after the Mirwaiz, who is also a chief cleric, was not released from house arrest and stopped from leading the prayers at the mosque. Later, a group of youth, who raised pro-Mirwaiz and pro-freedom slogans, clashed with the security forces.
On the other hand, Journalists who were covering protests outside Jamia Masjid alleged that they were chased by police personnel.
This protest was witnessed after a long time in the Nowhatta area of the Srinagar city, once hub of protests and stone pelting.