Srinagar, Sep 11, CNS: Protests rocked Kashmir Valley against the beef ban on Friday while at different places defying court orders openly the protesters slaughtered cows in presence of government forces resulting in clashes. The call for the protest against the ban on beef was given by separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani.
In a bid to thwart the protest marches, authorities had already arrested or placed scores of pro-freedom leaders under house detention. Reports said that the ban on beef by Jammu High Court triggered protests across Kashmir while protesters after flaying the court directions termed it as direct interference in religious affairs.
Number of protests against the court order were reported from Summer Capital Srinagar. Muslim Khawateen Markaz activists led by Yasmeen Raja appeared in Press Enclave Srinagar and staged a peaceful protest against the ban on sale of beef in Jammu and Kashmir. The activists while denouncing the court order put the photographs of BJP and Narendra Modi on fire.
Violent clashes broke out in old Srinagar city near Nowhatta, Gojwara and Kawdara after the Friday prayers. Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the angry protesters who were protesting against the beef ban order. Reports said that amid pro-freedom and anti-RSS slogans, the protesters waved Pakistani flags and hurled stones on the government forces. The intense shelling created panic in the area. Several CRPF vehicles were damaged after protesters attacked them with stones.
A protest was organized shortly after Friday prayers outside Masjid Hamza near Amirakadal Srinagar. The protest was organized by International Forum for Justice and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat jointly. Amid pro-freedom slogans the protesters tried to march towards clock tower Lal Chowk, however, police swung into action and detained at least six protesters including Imtiyaz Hyder, Ahsan Untoo, Umar Adil, Rameez Raja, Muhammad Ashraf Laway and Gazi Javid. A police official told CNS that they were lodged in police station Kotibagh as they tried to disrupt the peace in the city.
Anti-beef ban protests rocked Kashmir University as well where hundreds of students and scholars amid pro-freedom, pro-Geelani and anti-India, anti- BJP, RSS slogans marched on the campus of the varsity. “Through this ban, Hindutva is being forced on us by New Delhi and its stooges in Jammu and Kashmir,” a student told CNS. “We want the ban to be revoked as it doesn’t make any sense in this state. As Muslims, we have every right to choose the food we eat. And our religion allows us to have beef,” said another student.
Protesters slaughtered cows in Old Barzulla and Nawab Bazar areas of Srinagar city. Amid anti-BJP slogans the protesters protested against the court ban on beef and termed it ‘irrelevant’ and ‘motivated’.
A peaceful protest march was taken out in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district that was headed by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Noor Muhammad Kalwal. Reports said that the march was taken out form Markazi Jamia Masjid Beehama and culminated peacefully amid pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans. Peaceful protest march was also taken out in Kangan and Lar town of the district.
The Budgam district witnessed scores of protest marches shortly after Friday prayers. A police official said that these protest marches culminated peacefully and police did not use any force on the protesters. The protest marches against the beef ban were taken out from main market Budgam, Krimshora, Khansahab, Shamsabad, Aarigam, Raithan, Dreygam, Kanira and other places.
Several cows were slaughtered in South Kashmir in response to the court order after Friday prayers. Amid clashes with police, protesters slaughtered bovine animals in Reshi Bazar and Bijbehara areas of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district shortly after Friday prayers to defy the court orders banning sale and consumption of beef in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports said that soon after Friday prayers a large number of people took to streets and staged a massive protest against the court order banning sale on beef.
The protesters clashed with police while eyewitnesses told CNS that at least two students were fainted after a tear gas shell lobbed by police on protesters hit the target and exploded inside the premises of Government Middle School at Mehman Mohall Anantnag. The protesters reportedly waved Pakistani flags near Reshi Bazar and amid anti-BJP slogans denounced the court order banning beef in Kashmir.
Reports said that protesters also slaughtered cows in different blocks of South Kashmir including Deyalgam, Dooru and Qazigund. In Qazigund, two cows were slaughtered amid pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans.
In Kulgam, a cow was slaughtered in Khudwani Qaimou area while peaceful protest marches were taken out in the district to express displeasure over court ban on beef.
Police resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protesters who alleged hurled stones on the government forces in Pulwama. The incident occurred when separatist leader Shabir Ahmed Shah was addressing a huge gathering at main chowk Pulwama. Denouncing the beef-ban the protesters slaughtered a cow in main chowk and raised anti-BJP and anti-RSS slogans. Eyewitnesses told CNS that some youth hurled stones on the cops who burst some tear-smoke shells to disperse them. However, the youth continued to pelt stones prompting police to fire some bullets in air that reportedly created panic in the area. Reports said that police arrested Shabir Ahmed Shah along with his dozens of associates.
Reports said that a cow was also slaughtered in Tral town where at least ten thousand people participated in the protest march, that culminated peacefully near Bus Stand of the town.
Hundreds of people staged post Friday prayers protest against the beef ban in North Kashmir’s Banidpora district. The protest march was taken out from Jamia Masjid that culminated peacefully near Gulshan Chowk. The speakers warned that if ban is not revoked, they will start an agitation. “We will not accept this court order. It is direct interference in our religion and nobody has right to do so,” said one of the speakers.
The political workers of Engineer Rashid’s Awami Itihad Party staged massive protests in Qalamabad and Kralagund areas of Langate constituency. At both places, the AIP workers slaughtered two cows and denounced by court order banning beef in Jammu and Kashmir.
Clashes erupted in Palhalan and Tappar area’s of Pattan town after protesters resorted to massive stone-pelting during protest marches. A police official told CNS that police exercised maximum restraint and did not use force on the protesters. Reports said that clashes between protesters and government forces continued for hours.
In Tangmarag area of Baramulla district, a protest march was taken out that was led by separatist leader Nayeem Ahmed Khan. Addressing the gathering Khan said that the ban on beef in Muslim majority state is aimed to offend the sentiments of Muslim community and the people should defy it with tooth and nail.
In Sopore town protesters clashed with police after Friday prayers. A protest march was taken out from Jamia Masjid to Main chowk. Pertinently, a Division Bench of High Court Wednesday passed an order banning the sale of beef in Jammu and Kashmir.The order trigerred a controversy with religious and political organizations in the Muslim majority state calling the ban 'an interference in the religious affairs". (CNS)