Protests over beef ban in Valley refuse to die down

Clashes erupted in old Srinagar city and many parts of Anantnag town in south Kashmir after the Friday prayers against the recent beef ban order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Protests over beef ban in Valley refuse to die downThe ban has divided the region on communal lines. While one section (Hindus) of society is seeking a ban on the sale of beef and bovine slaughter for it being ‘sacred’, the other (Muslims) are opposing the ban, arguing ‘no court could ban food permitted by Allah’.

Meanwhile, one person was injured during protests in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar, where protesters clashed with the police and waved Pakistani and Lashkar-e-Toiba flags.

As soon as the Friday prayers in the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar were over, people came onto the roads to protest the beef ban order.

A division bench of the High Court on September 9, while hearing a public interest litigation, sought implementation of Sections 298-A and 298-B of the RPC which ban bovine slaughter and sale of beef in the state.

The protests in the area erupted following an appeal on Thursday by the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-headed Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of religious parties and scholars. The MMU urged people to resist the ban on beef sale and sacrifice bovine animals on Eid as a mark of protest.

To quell the protests in the Nowhatta area and prevent their escalation, the police resorted to tear gas shelling and fired pellets. One person was injured, witnesses said.

While condemning the beef ban during his Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid today, Mirwaiz said Muslims could tolerate anything but interference in their religious affairs.

Clashes were also reported from many areas of Anantnag town against the beef ban order. Clashes and stone-throwing were also reported from the Mutton Chowk, Cheeni Chowk and Lal Chowk areas of the town. A local journalist was reportedly injured in the clashes.

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