Carrying pistol, masked man disguise as protestor detains youth

Masked man with pistol detaining youth during protests in Nowhatta, Srinagar. Photograph by The Kashmir Walla

Srinagar: In an unusual sight, during post-Friday prayers protests in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area, a masked man in civvies was part of the protestors until he grabs youth among the crowd.

A series of pictures show a man wearing a cap and mask, who is likely a policeman, is holding a pistol while detaining youth in presence of other policemen during the clashes between the protestors and the government forces.

Eyewitnesses said that a man in civvies from the protestors took out a pistol and grabbed youth. As per them, at least two youth were detained by the masked person and handed over to the police, which was present at the spot.

However, the Superintendent of Police (North Srinagar) Sajad Shah told The Kashmir Walla that it was a toy gun carried by the person who was detained. “There were policemen in civvies in the crowd but nobody had any weapons,” he added.

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