At least 29 persons including five photo journalists were injured on Saturday as a mob of protesters clashed with police and CRPF personnel over a fire followed by a blast in a Muslim shrine in Soura area of the city.
Thousands of people assembled outside the shrine of Jenab Sahib Soura in the outskirts of the city after a fire broke out in the shrine and started pelting stones at the nearby CRPF camp and police personnel in the area, accusing them of triggering the blast, official sources said.
The fire, which extensively damaged the shrine, was caused by a short circuit which led to explosion of gas cylinders kept in the place of worship as the blaze spread, they said.
However, the protesters alleged that the fire was caused by a blast inside the shrine and accused the CRPF personnel from the nearby camp of causing the explosion.
As fire tenders doused the flames, protesters fought pitched battles with the security force personnel.
The irate mob snatched two rifles and tore off their uniforms forcing them to take shelter at a nearby police station.
Police and CRPF personnel used batons and tear gas shells to chase away the mob but in vain, the sources said, adding, 29 persons including six firebrigade and three CRPF personnel besides five photo journaslists and a cameraman of a private TV news channel were injured.