2 cops lynched in Jammu violence
Two policemen were lynched today in Jorian sector as violence flared up with protesters torching police posts, vehicles and uprooting railway tracks in several areas.Updated: Aug 06, 2008 01:06 IST
Two policemen were on Tuesday lynched in Jorian in Jammu and Kashmir as violence flared up on the Amarnath issue with protesters torching police posts and vehicles and uprooting 1.5 kms of railway track in several areas in Jammu region, leaving 51 injured.
In Srinagar, another five persons were injured in clashes between police and stone-pelting agitators who were protesting against the call to blockade Jammu-Srinagar highway given by Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti and the killing of a youth.
The two policemen were lynched after police opened fire in the border area of Jorian where protesters burnt down a police post, a Gypsy vehicle and a tehsildar's office. As many as 29 persons including 13 cops were injured in the violence, forcing authorities to call out the army.
In Akhnoor town, protesters, demanding removal of Governor N N Vohra, set fire to a police post and a tent housing security personnel. Police there had earlier fired teargas shells and resorted to cane charge.
Curfew was imposed in Kathua after police and protesters fought pitched battles in which 18 persons including 5 cops were injured, official reports reaching Jammu said. The agitators set fire to a railway police post and a municipal office in Kathua.
Protesters uprooted 1.5 kms of railway track and stopped an army special train in Gagwal area in Samba district where at least four persons were injured in police-protester clashes.