Fresh clashes erupt in tense Valley
Fresh clashes erupted today between security forces and protesters after a youth was killed in police firing. Spl: Amarnath land row.Updated: Sep 07, 2008, 16:49 IST
Fresh clashes erupted on Sunday between security forces and protesters after the killing of a youth in police firing sparked fresh tension in the Kashmir Valley.
Police fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse stone-pelting mobs in Srinagar where authorities deployed police and CRPF personnel in strength to maintain law and order, officials said.
However, no one was injured in the clashes which took place at Maisuma in the heart of the city and its adjoining areas including Red Cross, Kokerbazar, Madina chowk and Nai Sadak, they said.
A youth Javid Iqbal was killed when he was hit by a rubber bullet during a clash between police and protesters at Nowhatta in interior city following a general strike called by separatists in support of their demand for right to self-determination yesterday.
Coordination Committee of separatists had, however, asked people to resume normal activities from today.
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.
Life in the vast area of downtown city including Nowhatta - the scene of the fierce clash on Saturday - too was paralysed as groups of youth took to streets at various places in the vicinity of Jamia Masjid shouting pro-freedom slogans.
There were minor incidents of stone-pelting at some places including Nowhatta and Rajourikadal. "The situation remained by and large peaceful but tense," officials said.
Only skeletal transport was plying on the roads. Additional police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in sensitive areas, a police officer said denying reports of imposition of curfew in parts of the city.