At least seven persons, including three policemen, were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters on Wednesday after two CRPF personnel allegedly misbehaved with a sister-brother duo in Qazigund town in Jammu and Kashmir.
The two CRPF personnel were taken into custody and an inquiry ordered into the incident, 80 kms from here, which brought traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National highway to a standstill for nearly three hours, officials said.
The trouble started this afternoon when the CRPF personnel on duty at village Vassu allegedly made some offensive comments against the girl. When her brother Arif Ahmad Bhat raised an objection, the CRPF personnel allegedly assaulted him and the girl.
Locals immediately took to streets and raised slogans demanding the arrest of the accused. Police fired teargas shells and used batons to chase away the stone-pelting mob and the ensuing clashes left seven persons including three policemen injured.
The condition of a policeman, who suffered a head injury, was stated to be critical and he was shifted to Soura Medical institute in Srinagar.
CRPF personnel Paramjeet Singh and Kanveera Ram, who allegedly misbehaved with the two youths, were taken into custody and a case was registered against them.
"Nobody is above law.... We have already taken the protestors into confidence and assured them that appropriate action would be taken against the erring personnel but some of them turned violent prompting police to act," Additional Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Khan said.