Over a dozen people, including a CRPF jawan, were injured in fresh clashes as protests against diversion of forest land to the Amarnath shrine board continued for the fifth day on Friday in the Kashmir valley.
Police fired warning shots in Bemina and Noorbagh localities of the city after they failed to control the agitators with teargas shells and batons. Six protesters were injured in baton charge and tear gas shelling.
Violent clashes were also witnessed at Zainakadal, Batamaloo, Sonawar, Nowshera, Safakadal, Rainawari and Dalgate areas of the city in which four persons, including CRPF constable Manoj Jayanth, were injured.
Police also used tear smoke shells and batons to chase away stone-pelting mobs at Sopore in Baramulla district and Tral and Pulwama townships of south Kashmir. Two persons were injured at Sopore, officials said.
Thousands of people gathered outside Jamia mosque in downtown city and raised slogans against the government for transferring forestland to the Amarnath shrine board.
Meanwhile, shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed and public transport remained off the roads in the valley due to a strike called by the six-member action committee spearheading the ongoing agitation for revocation of the government order diverting 39.88 hectares of land to the shrine board.
Fearing trouble, the government ordered closure of all educational institutions in Srinagar district for two days.
Attendance in government offices, semi-government institutions, banks and post offices was thin, officials said.