Forces were deployed in the area before the prayers had even started
Young boys got their pellets removed with the help of other men surrounding them inside the Masjid.
Srinagar: At least 20 people have sustained pellet injuries after forces fired pellets and tear gas shells inside the Jamia Masjid.
Intense clashes have erupted between the forces and youth after the Friday congregational prayers at the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar.
When thousands were getting ready to offer the Friday prayers, armed forces could be seen surrounding the Masjid and alleys leading to it.
After the sermon given by the Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in which social issues and the situation risen by the apprehension of Major Gogoi with a girl in a hotel were raised, peace in the mosque turned into chaos when forces fired teargas shells and pellets in and outside the mosque.
Heavy deployment of Govt forces around #JamaMasjid even in this holy month leading to tension& agitation.Dozens of civilians injured after forces resorted to pellet &teargas shelling!large number of people unable to come out of the mosque.Condemn the deployment and forces action
— Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) May 25, 2018
While many young boys got their pellets removed with the help of other men surrounding them, most of the injured were inside the Masjid. Announcement about the injuring of more than 20 was made repeatedly through the jamia loudspeaker. They alleged that police were not allowing shifting of injured to hospital by closing all exits.
At the time this report was being filed, people were trying to escape from the area.