|Protesters clash with police outside US consulate in Chennai (Photo Courtesy: The Hindu)|
Protests against the controversial American anti-Islam film spread in India with agitators targeting the US consulate in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
A crowd of 1,500 people from the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam and a few other Muslim outfits targeted the mission yesterday.
They pelted it with stones, burnt the American flag and pictures of President Barack Obama and damaged CCTV cameras, a police booth and instruction boards for visitors.
Iron railings and paintings on the building’s compound wall were ruined.
In Jammu and Kashmir, authorities placed top separatist leaders under preventive detention to maintain law and order as protests against the film gained momentum in the valley yesterday.
Protests were held after Friday congregational prayers outside many mosques and shrines in the Valley against the movie Innocence of Muslims, uploaded on social networking site Youtube recently, officials said.
Shouting slogans against the filmmaker, hundreds of protesters took to streets in Maisuma, Budshah chowk, Court Road, Lal Chowk and Jamia Masjid areas, police said.
Meanwhile, the Imams (Muslim clerics) during sermons in the mosques appealed to people not to indulge in vandalism of public property during their protest.
"It is our right to protest against this heinous act aimed at hurting the sentiments of the Muslims. However, we should not indulge in vandalism as we will causing harm to our own property. We shall remain peaceful," said a priest at a mosque in Lal Chowk area.
Heeding to the advice of the clerics, the protesters dispersed peacefully.
Police said that barring a minor stone-pelting incident at Red Cross Road near Lal Chowk, the situation across the valley was peaceful.
Earlier in the day, police put the entire top brass of the separatist groups including chairmen of both faction of Hurriyat Conference - Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq- and chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Mohammad Yasin Malik in preventive detention to maintain law and order.
All political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have condemned the video.
The video, which was posted on youtube, shows Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, buffoon, ruthless killer and child molester.
Islam forbids all depictions of Mohammed,
Source: The Hindu/oneindia/edition.cnn.com
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