Tensions flared up in parts of Old City Tuesday soon after Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed turned up near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta along with his high-profile entourage, reports said.
CM was flanked by Minister for Roads and Public Works Altaf Bukhari and PDP MLC Khursheed Alam had dropped by to inaugurate a Community Hall in the area.
As soon as the word about their arrival spread, dozens of youth gathered near the Nowhatta Chowk and pelted stones. Reports claimed that police resorted to tear gas shelling in wake of which massive traffic snarls erupted. Many vehicles, sensing trouble, U-turned and took alternative routes.
However, an official at the Nowhatta police station denied the reports about clashes breaking out. “It’s all fine.