New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested 21 people for holding protests against Israel’s bombardment on Palestinians and their belongings.
“Twenty people were arrested in Srinagar, while one was arrested in Shopian,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Kashmir Vijay Kumar told PTI.
The police called the demonstrations an attempt ‘to engineer and incite violence on streets’ of the Valley.
Protests were held in Srinagar’s Padshahi Bagh and Safa Kadal areas, where a small group burnt an Israeli flag and drew graffiti in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. The families of those detained alleged that the police conducted midnight raids against the protestors, according to The Hindu.
Among those arrested included Kashmir-based artist Mudasir Gul, who was held for painting pro-Palestinian graffiti on a bridge in Srinagar on Friday. The artwork showed a woman wearing a scarf made of a Palestinian flag and a tear tricking from her eye, with the words: “WE ARE PALESTINE.” The graffiti was later painted over by police, according to The Kashmir Walla.