Lal Chowk Shuts After Unknown Men Attempt To Unfurl Tricolour

9 October 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: The Lal Chowk, which is the commercial nerve centre of the city and its adjoining markets, remained shut on Friday after two men attempted to unfurl the Tricolour near the Clock Tower, but were stopped and 'manhandled' by locals. The incident happened in the morning when two unidentified men attempted to unfurl the Tricolour in the city centre. They were, however, stopped by the locals from unfurling the flag and were 'manhandled', police sources said. A nearby police party rushed to the site and rescued the two men, who were later taken into custody, the sources said. The two men were in police custody till late in the evening. The police are tight-lipped about the incident and have refused to reveal the identity of the two men. Speaker of Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta directed the DGP to release the two men. 'It has come to my notice that some youths have been arrested for raising an Indian flag at the Lal Chowk. Those who raise the flag of Pakistan should be arrested and not those who raise an Indian flag. I have directed the DGP to release them,' he said. The incident led to the shutdown of shops and other businesses in Lal Chowk and its adjoining markets. Protests also erupted in nearby Maisuma locality where the JKLF activists tried to march towards the city centre but were stopped by the police. A protest was also reported from Nowhatta locality of the old city, where eyewitnesses said protesters waved the posters of militants.