At least 20 people, including four securitymen, were on Monday injured in clashes in Baramulla district between police and protestors who tried to march towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to end the "economic blockade" of the Valley in the wake of the Amarnath land row.
Police fired in the air and resorted to cane charges to disperse protestors at Sangrama when they tried to march towards PoK's capital Muzaffarabad, official sources said.
Kashmir Fruit Growers Association, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Traders Federation, both factions of Hurriyat Conference and the PDP have given a call for 'Muzaffarabad chalo' to neutralise the economic blockade of the Valley "enforced" by the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti, spearheading the Amarnath land stir.
Thousands of people assembled at fruit mandi Sopore and passed through the town towards Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road following a call given by separatist groups and traders' bodies, the sources said.
They said police and paramilitary forces fired in the air after lathicharge failed to disperse the protestors who pelted stones at the securitymen. Despite the firing in the air, the protestors continued their march, the sources said.
The sources said at least 20 persons, including four police personnel, were injured in the clashes.
Top separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, PDP leaders Abdul Aziz Zargar, Dilawar Mir and Nizamuddin Bhat were placed under house arrest last night as authorities made all out efforts to ensure that the proposed march to Muzaffarabad did not materialise.