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Five injured in clash; shutdown continues in Baramulla

india Updated: Oct 05, 2009 14:30 IST
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Five persons were on Monday injured when locals protesting the killing of a 12-year-old boy clashed with police in Baramulla town of North Kashmir where a complete shutdown continued for the fourth consecutive day.

Shops, business establishments, educational and semi-government institutions remained closed and traffic were off the roads in the town, 55 kms from Srinagar, officials said.

They said scores of people defied prohibitory orders and tried to march towards the main chowk in the town but police prevented them leading to clashes in which five persons including a policeman were injured.

The protesters were demanding action against the policemen allegedly responsible for the killing of Irfan Ahmad Lone, a Class VII student, in tear gas shelling on Friday last.

Irfan was killed and four others were injured when police used batons and fired tear gas shells to quell a demonstration in the town to protest the continued house arrest of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

While police claimed that the boy died of a heart attack, locals alleged that a teargas shell hit him on his head.

Additional Deputy Commissioner and inquiry officer Mohammad Ashraf Shuntoo has asked people having knowledge about the incident to record their statements before him till October ten.