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Traders observe shutdown against Forces action at Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar: Traders observed a complete shutdown on Saturday against the Forces action inside historical Jamia Masjid where over 100 persons including women and children were injured after Friday congregational prayers when Government Forces fired pellets and lobbed tear-smoke shells to disperse the stone-throwing youth.

All the shops and business establishments remained shut across old city. The call for shutdown was forwarded by Jamia Market Traders Federation and other bodies of Srinagar city.

Scores of traders staged a peaceful protest around Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta. They alleged that police and troopers intentionally cordon off Jamia Masjid on every Friday and provoke youth. “There will be no clashes if there will be no presence of police around Jamia Masjid. We fail to understand why Government Forces in combats are eager to fight youth on every Friday,” the protesting traders said.