Protests erupt against blasphemous video in Srinagar

September 14th, 2012 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Sep 14 (IANS) Dozens of Kashmiri protestors raised anti-US slogans against the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” after Friday prayers at several places in Srinagar in the afternoon.

Protests were held in Nowhatta, Maisuma, Hazratbal, Alamgiri Bazaar, Abi Guzar, Sarai Bala and some other places in Srinagar.

Protestors also torched the US flag at some places in the city.

The film depicts Prophet Mohammed in poor light and its trailer on YouTube has caused violent protests in Libya, Egypt and Yemen since Tuesday.

Reports from north Kashmir’s Baramulla town said that dozens of people gathered in the town square after Friday prayers to protest the blasphemous film.

Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had been made at sensitive places by the authorities as separatists called for protests and rallies after Friday prayers.

Earlier, dozens of local lawyers boycotted the courts in the city and carried out a protest march in the Civil Lines area here.

The state government has asked the union telecommunication ministry to block the blasphemous video on YouTube, stating that its carriage is likely to create law and order problems in Jammu and Kashmir, state Home Commissioner B.R. Sharma told IANS.

All senior separatist leaders - among them Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Nayeem Khan - were placed under house arrest by the authorities as a preventive measure.

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