Police in India’s controlled Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday fired tear gas and splatter during a mourning procession during the holy month. French news agency AFP quoted eyewitnesses as saying. Meanwhile, the US news agency AP quoted hospital staff in Srinagar as saying that at least 30 injured people were treated.
A local resident of Kashmir, Zafar Ali told AFP that the mourning procession began on Saturday in Bemina area on the outskirts of Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar. Members of government forces had a heavy presence.
As seen in the video spread on social media, police are warning the participants of the mourning procession with armored vehicles. Later, tear gas and pellets were fired to disperse them. At that time many protesters also raised slogans demanding the end of Indian rule in Kashmir.
Other witnesses said police fired tear gas and pellet guns to disperse the crowd. Another, Iqbal Ahmed, said that the mourning procession was largely peaceful. Women also participated in it. However, members of government forces fired Goli songs.
But police say there are government restrictions on all religious pilgrimage sites to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The mourners have violated that order.
Staff at a hospital in Srinagar told the Associated Press that at least 30 people were injured by bullet and tear gas. He has been given first aid.
Witnesses claim that at least 40 people were injured in clashes in Kashmir. Residents say many more people injured in the police attack have been admitted to other hospitals in the city.