Clashes between stone-pelters and the security forces were witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar on Wednesday, with the pelters running amok and raising pro-Pakistan and pro-ISIS slogans.
Sources have reported that slogans allegedly supporting slain terrorist- Zakir Musa have also been raised, while posters supporting ISIS were openly raised.
Visuals show pelters in masks pelting stones at Army officers during the early hours in the day. Protesters are also seen carrying ISIS posters and walking on the streets donned in black and covering their faces with masks. Posters bearing faces of Masood Azhar, Zakir Musa, and slogans supporting terrorism and Pakistan were also displayed.
Here are some photos posted by ANI:
Earlier on Tuesday, tensions were rife in the Valley on account of reports of the government considering the appointment of a delimitation panel. Former DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Shesh Paul Vaid noted that such a decision by Home Minister Amit Shah will bring 'justice' to migrants from the valley and the refugees in the state from West Pakistan. Furthermore, he added that delimitation has been a 'long pending demand' by the people of the Jammu region.
The Delimitation process will involve altering the scope and size of Assembly constituencies in the state and will further determine the number of seats to be reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC).
In the aftermath of accession to India, the administration of Shiekh Abdullah sliced 43 seats for Kashmir, 30 seats for Jammu and 2 for Ladakh region. However, at present, there are a total of 87 assembly seats with 46 seats in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu and 4 in Ladakh.
Throughout the election campaign, the BJP chief had reiterated that the party would abrogate Article 370 and 35A from the state, which also found space in BJP's manifesto. However, there was no confirmation of whether the issue was discussed in the first Home Ministry meeting.