Srinagar | February 28, 2006 8:46:17 PM IST
Police burst teargas shells and resorted to repeated lathi-charge to disperse demonstrators protesting against the publication of pictures of Muslim holy place of Mecca on a pack of cards.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police K Rajinder Kumar told UNI that all the copies of the India Today have been seized by the police.
We are calling a meeting of senior citizens and Muslim scholars to discuss the issue and take a final decision on the latest issue of the magazine in which pictures were published, Mr Kumar said.
As the news spread that picture of the holy places had appeared on playing cards, youths forced closure of shops and pelted stones damaging vehicles at Lal chowk, Budshah Chowk, Maisuma and Court Road.
The demonstrators were raising slogans against the US, alleging a conspiracy to hurt the sentiments of the Muslims.
Police resorted to lathi-charge as they tried to stop traffic on main roads. Police also burst few teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators.
Shops and business establishments in the nearby localities, including Maisuma, Madina Chowk, Gaw kadal, Red Cross Road, Court Road and Exchange Road also remained closed.
Traffic movement was also affected in these areas.
Similar demonstrations were also held in few other parts of the city.