Police burst teargas to disperse demonstrators in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Nov 1 (UNI) Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse demonstrators protesting against the detention of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik reportedly under Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifting him outside the valley jail.

People took to streets at Maisuma, the headquarter of JKLF, this afternoon when an announcement was made in the locality that Mr Malik has been booked under PSA.

The announcement further said he has been shifted to outside the valley jail from police station Sumbal where he was lodged alongwith the president of the Jamait-ul-Ahalhadees Moulana Showkat Shah since their arrest for anti-poll campaign last month.

On November 30, Mr Malik and Moulana Showkat were shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura for check up after they complained of pain. However, Malik was again shifted to police station while Showkat was admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for his heart problem.

The demonstrators, raising pro Malik and freedom slongans were stopped by the CRPF and the police deployed when they tried to march towards Budhsh chowk and Lal Chowk, the nerve center of the summer capital.

Security forces resorted to lathicharge after the demonstrators pelted stones and refused to disperse.

Later, forces burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators who were joined by the people of nearby localities.

Shops and business establishments in the Maisuma, Gaw Kadal, Madina chowk, Red Cross road and Haji Masjid lane were closed and traffic was diverted through other routes.

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