Clashes in Srinagar, Hurriyat leaders under house arrest
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Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010, 20:36
Srinagar: At least 25 people, including 10 policemen, were injured on Monday in clashes between stone pelting youths protesting against the killing of teenager and police in several parts of the city even as several Hurriyat leaders were put under house arrest ahead of their planned march.

Police fired tear gas shells and used batons on youths who pelted stones and bricks on them in Saidakadal, the native place of 17-year-old Tufail Ahmad Mattoo whose death in a clash between security forces and stone pelting protesters last week has sparked protests in the Valley, and other areas.

Clashes also occurred in Rainawari, Bemina, Kralpora and Tengpora areas, official sources said, adding 25 people including 10 policemen were injured in the violence.

People also took out processions against the killing of Mattoo in Anantnag town of South Kashmir, Baramulla and Sopore towns of North Kashmir but the protesters dispersed peacefully.

Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and other leaders of the amalgam were placed under house arrest by authorities, which imposed restrictions on the movement of people to foil separatists' planed march to express solidarity with the family of the teenager.

The Mirwaiz accused the police of adopting dilly dallying tactic on ascertaining the cause of death of Tufail.

Attacking the NC-led coalition government, he said it has failed to arrest "lawlessness and state terrorism in the state.

"Police is deliberately adopting dilly dallying tactic to cover its misdeeds with regard to killing of the teenager Tufail", he said in a statement.

Normal life continued to be disrupted in the city for the third consecutive day with markets, banks, educational institutions and semi-government establishments remaining closed and traffic off the roads. Authorities also cancelled examinations scheduled for the day in the Kashmir Valley.


First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010, 20:36

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