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Rival groups clash in Pattan town; curfew clamped

india Updated: Feb 25, 2010 21:30 IST

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Curfew was clamped in Pattan town of north Kashmir this evening after clashes broke out between two sects of Muslims that left 20 people injured, one of them critically, and damaged nearly 25 shops.

Ghulam Hassan Mir, who was hit on the head during the clashes, was initially declared brought dead at a hospital here but later authorities clarified that he was in a critical condition at the S K Institute of medical sciences, Soura.

The clashes broke out at Baramulla's Hyderbaig-pattan, 27 kms from here, when people belonging to a particular sect were erecting a board naming the area after Shia spiritual leader Imam Khomeni, which was objected by the other sect, official sources said.

The rival sect said they had no objection if the complex was named after the Shia spiritual leader but would not allow it to be named as Khomeni chowk, they said.

A curfew was imposed and police reinforcements were rushed from Srinagar to the affected area. But it had little effect as members of the rival groups clashed with each other, the sources said.

At least 20 persons were injured in the violence which also left 25 shops and four houses damaged.