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Curfew in Pulwama for third day

PTI  Srinagar, December 30, 2012
First Published: 16:20 IST(30/12/2012) | Last Updated: 16:22 IST(30/12/2012)

Curfew continued for third day on Sunday in Pulwama town of south Kashmir even as army and police kept passing the buck on to each other over the Friday's firing on protesters.

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A senior official of Pulwama district administration said restrictions were still in place as the sporadic incidents of stone-pelting have continued in the town since Friday.

He said the restrictions are likely to continue tomorrow as well in view of the strike call given by separatist groups.

Both the army and police are claiming that their men did not open firing on the people, who had allegedly blocked the road when four injured  - two army personnel and two policemen - were being evacuated to a hospital.

Seven persons were injured when security forces opened firing on Friday at Pulwama Chowk, 32 km from here, to make way for vehicles carrying the four persons, including two army officers, who were injured in a gun-battle with two LeT ultras in a nearby village.

An army spokesman refused to comment on the incident.

However, senior army officials, in off the record conversations, maintain that their personnel were not even present in Pulwama Chowk when the firing took place.

Police, on its part, initially blamed the army for the firing on civilians.


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