Centre now admits 'incident' of protest in Kashmir


New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS): Three days after denying media reports that there were large-scale protests after Friday prayers in the Valley, the government on Tuesday acknowledged that there was an "incident" at Soura in Srinagar in which "miscreants mingled" with locals and resorted to stone pelting at security forces.

The Union Home Ministry spokesperson tweeted: "Stories in media on a said incident in Soura region of #Srinagar. On 09/08, miscreants mingled with people returning home after prayers at a local mosque. They resorted to unprovoked stone pelting against law enforcement forces to cause widespread unrest.

"Law enforcement authorities showed restraint and tried to maintain law & order situation. It is reiterated that no bullets have been fired in #JammuAndKashmir since the development related to #Article370," the post said, tagging the J&K Police and the Information and Public Relations department.

On August 10, the Union Home Ministry had termed as "completely fabricated and incorrect" a Reuters report claiming there was a protest by 10,000 people in Srinagar on Friday when restrictions were eased.

The Ministry said the news report "originally published in Reuters and which appeared in 'Dawn' claimed there was a protest involving 10,000 people in Srinagar".

"This is completely fabricated and incorrect. There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/Baramulla, and none involved a crowd of more than 20 people," it had said in a tweet.

On Friday, the J&K administration had eased prohibitory orders to allow prayers in mosques and help people make arrangements for Monday's Eid celebrations.

J&K was put under lockdown on August 4 ahead of the government's move to revoke Article 370 that accorded special status to J&K.

Comment on this article

  • Sampath, India

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Two pelters spotted...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nashville

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Next two weeks are going to be very Difficult ...

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  • Desh Bhakth, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    So, where was Ajit Doval camping without threat, hogging beef Biriyani at leisure and enjoying sightseeing and interacting with locals in Kashmir with block buster pictures showing the same in media???. The now Lt Gov Satya Pal Malik of Kashmir tour with Rahul Gandhi all over Kashmir and interact with all locals, all leaders and lock downs?????....BJP is admitting scrapping article 370 is creating havoc in Kashmir.

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  • sk, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Cannot control your happiness?

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    They tried and failed. Modi and Shah cannot hide the truth.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    First they failed to control and Govern Jammu Kashmir.

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