20 arrested across Srinagar for staging pro-Palestine protest

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At least twenty persons have been arrested in connection with pro-Palestine protest amid corona curfew here in Srinagar.

Official sources and reports reaching Global News Service (GNS) said that the police have arrested these persons from several places of Srinagar.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar confirmed to GNS the arrest of 20 persons in Srinagar.

This comes amid a devastating onslaught on Gaza by Israeli forces. 

Over 110 people have been killed in Gaza, while hundreds have been injured in Israel Defence Force (IDF) airstrikes.

In Kashmir, people have taken to streets to show solidarity with the Palestinians even as graffitis and posters in support of Palestine also have sprung up in the region.

On Friday a protest was held in the Mir Behri area of interior Dal lake. People raising pro-Palestine and Pro-Kashmir slogans marched in the interiors of the lake. The video of the act later went viral on social.

A similar protest was held in the Padshahi Bagh area of Srinagar, youth assembled near the bridge of the locality and burned Israeli flag, they also raised anti-Israel slogans during the demonstration.

Meanwhile, on the developments, IGP reiterated that Police was “keeping a very close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order in the Kashmir valley.”

“We are a professional force and are sensitive to public anguish. But J-K police has a legal responsibility to ensure law and order as well. It, however, wouldn’t allow cynical encashment of the public anger to trigger violence, lawlessness and disorder on Kashmir streets,” he said, adding, “Expressing opinion is a freedom but engineering and inciting violence on streets is unlawful.

All irresponsible social media comments that results in actual violence and breaking of law including Covid protocol will attract legal action.” He said people are urged to cooperate. (with GNS inputs)

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