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Curfew in Srinagar after group clash

chandigarh Updated: Nov 28, 2012 20:54 IST
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Curfew was announced on Wednesday evening in parts of Srinagar following skirmishes between two groups of youths in old city.

A police spokesman said civil and police administrations were monitoring the situation in areas falling under nine police stations, after clashes between two groups of youths belonging to two different communities in Zadibal - a volatile area of old city having a considerable strength of Shia population.

"There are no reports of anybody getting injured. However there were some sporadic incidents of stone pelting," the spokesman said.

On ground in the city, the curfew was not implemented till Wednesday late evening resulting in chaos and rumor-mongering. Even police officials seemed surprised.

"The deputy commissioner, Srinagar, has announced curfew in old city. I exactly don't know why. But I am trying to implement the orders on ground," said superintendent of police (north city), Tahir Saleem.

An officer at Zadibal police station denied that curfew was implemented in the area. "We used teargas shelling to disperse the two groups of youths. Things are under control. We are keeping a strict watch but there is no curfew," he said.

Kashmir divisional commissioner Asghar Samoon, Srinagar deputy commissioner Baseer Khan and senior superintendent of police Syed Ashiq Bukhari did not respond to the calls made by the Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman informed that some detentions have been made in the Nowhatta area of old city following a stone-throwing incident. "The police are investigating the matter and those found innocent will be released. The police are in touch with the respectable people in the area. However, the allegations regarding the alleged ransacking is not correct," the spokesman stated.