Local policemen and CRPF personnel were seen guarding the area against possible stone pelting by the local youth. Soon, nearly a dozen local youth were seen surrounding the duo who held the flags. The security forces later chased them away. Those who were holding the IS flag were not caught, reports said.
Security forces including the Indian Army have termed the display of the IS and al-Qaeda flags in Srinagar as a "serious development" but Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah downplayed it, saying it was an act of some stupid youth. He said the IS and al-Qaeda have no presence in the state.
Abdullah's National Conference party also took a serious offence over the National Panthers' Party's allegation that it was helping in the act of hoisting of IS flags in Kashmir, a Deccan Chronicle report said.