15 injured in fresh clashes in Kashmir
At least 15 people, including 10 policemen, are injured as fresh clashes erupted between security forces and protesters after the killing of a youth in police firing in the Kashmir Valley.Updated: Sep 07, 2008 19:52 IST
At least 15 people, including 10 policemen, were injured as fresh clashes erupted on Sunday between security forces and protesters after the killing of a youth in police firing in the Kashmir Valley.
"Police fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse stone-pelting mobs in various parts of Srinagar where authorities deployed police and CRPF personnel in strength to maintain law and order," officials said.
"Ten policemen and CRPF personnel suffered injuries in stone pelting incidents by groups of teenagers and youth at Nowhatta, Zamp Kadal, Gujralbal, Chattabal and Safakadal," a police spokesman said on Sunday evening.
He said police and CRPF personnel exercised utmost restrain to avoid civilian casualty.
However, official sources said five youth were also injured in the clashes which continued throughout the day despite incessant rains.
The clashes started at Maisuma in the heart of the city and its adjoining areas including Red Cross, Kokerbazar, Madina chowk and Nai Sadak in the morning and later spread to various downtown and uptown localities, disrupting normal life, the sources said.
Javid Iqbal was killed when he was hit by a rubber bullet during a clash between police and protesters at Nowhatta following a general strike called by separatists in support of their demand for right to self-determination on Saturday.
The Coordination Committee of separatists had, however, asked people to resume normal activities from Sunday. But shops and business establishments were forced to down their shutters by youths who visited various markets to enforce a strike to protest against the killing.