Four persons, including two women, were injured when security forces allegedly opened fire and lobbed teargas shells at away stone-pelting mobs at Zirpora in Bijbehara, 45 kms from here in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
Incidents of stone pelting was also reported from Channapora and Bemina in Srinagar, Sumbal in Bandipora district, Harapora-Handwara, Chogal and Drugmulla in Kupwara district, Achabal and Sirigufwara in Anantnag district, Paichoo, Tahab, Chowkand and Bonoora in Pulwama district and Warpora-Sopore in Baramulla district.
At some places, security forces used teargas shells and batons to disperse the protesters, the spokesman said, adding the clashes left 15 people including seven policemen injured. Among the injured policeman was an Assistant Sub-inspector. In Kupwara district, the agitators pelted stones at Panchayat Ghar, Community Hall, Naib Tehsildar Office, ARTO office at Drugmullah.
A spokesman said three policemen including a station House Officer (SHO) were injured when they came under stone pelting from a mob attempting to set ablaze a government building in Handwara town of Kupwara district.
A mob pelted stones and tried to set afire the slaughter house of Municipal Committee in Handawara, 80 kms from here.
However, timely action by police assisted by the Fire and Emergency department saved the building, the spokesman said. In Srinagar city, mobs repeatedly attacked the office of Srinagar Development Authority at Bemina and set ablaze discarded furniture, broke open the gates and smashed the window panes.
Police fired warning shots and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protesters who kept on regrouping and attacking the government office and the security personnel, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh, who was critically injured in firing at Pampore, succumbed to injuries at a hospital here, raising the toll in yesterday's violence to 18, sources said