Thousands of people gathered soon after Friday prayers in Soura area and started protesting against the illegal Indian move. However, Indian troops and police pushed back the demonstrators at Aiwa Bridge by resorting to pellet firing and teargas shelling as a result of which many people including women were injured.
“There were around 10,000 people at the protest in Soura,” a police officer was quoted by the media as having said. “This was the biggest so far”, he added. Some women and children even jumped into the water when the police used tear gas and pellets against the protesters at the Aiwa bridge, said a witness at Soura hospital, where the pellet victims were admitted.
The demonstration was the largest since the authorities locked down the occupied territory few days ago, imposing strict restrictions and cutting off telephone and internet services besides detaining nearly 600 Hurriyat leaders and activists to thwart protests against the scrapping of Article 370 and bifurcation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.