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Pandemonium breaks out at Lal Chowk as police, locals beat up tri-colour hoisting group
Pakistan's Independence Day celebrated at many places in Kashmir
8/14/2018 11:28:24 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
srinagar, Aug 14: Pandemonium and chaos broke out at Lal Chowk, city centre of Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir after some persons were thrashed by locals and police as they tried to hoist the national flag a day before the 72nd Independence Day.
Reports said that a group of persons said to be at least three in number appeared near the clock tower, known as Ghanta Ghar in local parlance and tried to hoist the tri-colour atop the clock tower. One of the group members was carrying the national flag in his hand and he wanted the same to be hoisted at this historic place.
As soon as the person approached near the clock tower the people present there got aware and pounced upon him. In no time, a huge mob of people including shopkeepers, transporters and pedestrians started beating the group members who wanted to hoist the tri-colour. The local police was immediately informed and they arrived on the scene within no time.
The police personnel beat up the person wearing a white shirt and took him to the security forces camp located in the erstwhile Palladium Cinema located few meters away from the clock tower. Ironically, some of the locals in the presence of police personnel beat up and kicked up this person who was carrying the national flag.
Immediately after the incident the security was beefed up around the Lal Chowk with a posse of police posted till evening in the concrete park set up near the clock tower. Due to the presence of cops not many people could be seen moving around as well as sitting in the concrete park.
A police spokesman while divulging details about the incident said that in the afternoon few persons came to Ghanta Ghar in connection with some political activity. Some miscreants assembled at the scene and created disturbances by criminally intimidating them, he said.
"Police Station Maisuma has taken cognizance by registering FIR No 27/2018 under section 341,506 and 323 RPC and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter," said the police spokesman.
In the meantime, it has been learnt that Pakistani flag was hoisted at many places in Kashmir valley with the Independence Day of the neighbouring country being celebrated at various places. These programmes were mainly held in South Kashmir rather than other places of the valley.
Reports said that in South Kashmir Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated at places like Shopian, Bijbehara and Kulgam. Pakistani flag was hoisted at these places with some of the people also singing the national anthem of the neighbouring country. Mini-parades were also carried out on this occasion.
Some reports suggested that Pakistani flag was hoisted in the Barzulla area of Srinagar; however same could not be confirmed. In the evening as a mark of celebration some of people burst fire-crackers in the Nowhatta area in downtown Srinagar.
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