Thousands of police were deployed across areas of the state to control the protests called by Muslim activists in the region. The clashes occurred after Friday prayers following a shutdown called by separatists. Separatist leader Yasin Malik has also been injured after thousands of people came out on the streets of Srinagar on Friday. A committee spearheading recent demonstrations had called on people in the Kashmir Valley to take to the streets after midday prayers.
Chanting 'We want freedom' and 'Allah is greatest', women and children took to the streets. They marched to the residence of a veteran separatist, Yasin Malik, and brought him out of the security-ringed compound where he was under house arrest.
Yasin Malik, who had received a baton blow on his legs, was taken to SMHS hospital for treatment, the sources said. "We have rushed him to a hospital as he fell unconscious but he is now in stable condition," a police officer told sources. Addressing the demonstrators, Malik said "our movement is peaceful and no military might can defeat the resolve of Kashmiris". He also appealed to people not to resort to stone-pelting and provocative sloganeering.
The Committee had given the shutdown call from 1230 hours and peaceful protests after Friday prayers to press for right to self-determination.
Clashes also occurred in Maisuma, Koker bazar, Court road and adjoining localities, the sources said.
Last Friday, thousands of Muslims held sit-in protests against Indian rule outside mosques in Srinagar and other towns.