At least 19 people, including seven security personnel, were injured on Friday in clashes at a dozen places in the Kashmir valley where normal life came to a standstill following a 'bandh' call given by separatists.
The clashes broke out shortly after Friday prayers in different downtown and uptown localities of the city and Pattan in Baramulla district when police along with CRPF used force to stop "pro-independence" protesters from marching on main roads, official sources said.
Police fired teargas shells and used batons to chase away the stone-pelting youth at various places. Clashes between the two sides at some of the places, including Nowhatta, were still continuing when last reports came.
Six security personnel and four protesters were injured in a clash at Nowhatta and adjoining localities in the vicinity of Jamia Masjid, the grand old mosque in the interior city, they said.
Five persons, including a policeman, were injured in a clash at Karan Nagar and Habbakadal and Hyderpora on the Srinagar-Airport road, the sources said.
A clash also took place between police and protesters at Pattan, 27 km from here, on the Srinagar-Baramulla national highway leaving four protesters injured, the sources said.