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Rumours trigger violent protest in Sopore

Violent protests triggered by rumours of alleged killing of local youths on Sunday rocked Sopore town of North Kashmir in which three persons were injured.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2010 08:11 PM IST

Violent protests triggered by rumours of alleged killing of local youths on Sunday rocked Sopore town of North Kashmir in which three persons were injured.

Shops were closed and traffic went off the roads in the town, 55 kms from Srinagar, this afternoon after rumours spread that those killed in the encounter near the Line of Control (LOC) in Machil sector of Kupwara on Friday were local youths.

Army had said an infiltration bid was foiled by its troops in Machil sector by killing three unidentified ultras.

Sopore Superintendent of Police Mohammad Altaf Khan said the protests broke out after someone using the public address system at a mosque claimed that the militants who were killed in Machil sector were local youth.

The protesters indulged in stone pelting and attacked the local police station. They were chased by police personnel who fired a few rounds in the air. Three persons were injured in the clashes.

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