J&K: Protesters clash with security forces in Srinagar
Kashmiri students throw stones during clashes with Indian security forces in Srinagar on May 11. Photograph: (AFP)
Protesters clashed with security forces in Srinagar again today, according to media reports. The students have been protesting since last month after Indian security forces raided a college in south Kashmir’s Pulwama injuring several students.
The protesters today resorted to stone-pelting at security forces just after Friday prayers, reports said.
Kashmir has witnessed several incidents of stone-pelting by youths in the last three months across J&K targeted at security forces. India believes the stone-pelters are being instigated by Kashmiri separatists backed by Pakistan.
The Indian government had banned the use of social media channels in the Kashmir valley last month believing was being "misused by anti-national and anti-social elements".
Social media sites Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Wechat, QQ, Qzone, Google Plus, Skype, Line, Pinterest, Snapchat, Youtube, Vine and Flickr has been banned in the valley by Indian authorities "in the interest of maintenance of public order".