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Eight cops among 20 injured in fresh clashes in J&K

At least 20 persons including eight security personnel were injured today as fresh clashes erupted in parts of the Valley.



Srinagar: At least 20 persons including
eight security personnel were injured today as fresh clashes
erupted in parts of the Valley, where curfew remained in force
in three towns as a precautionary measure following the death
of an injured person at a hospital here.

The clashes took place at Palhallan-Pattan in Baramulla
district, Habbkadal, Bemina and Batmaloo in Srinagar, Pulwama
and Bandipora district towns even as normal activities resumed
for the day as authorities eased restrictions coinciding with
a break in strikes called by separatists.

Mohammad Abbas Dobi, who was injured during a clash
between a stone pelting mob and security forces in Mattan
town of Anantnag district, 70 kms from here, on August 13,
succumbed to his wounds in the Soura Medical Institute this
morning, a police spokesman said.

He said a retired assistant sub-inspector of Jammu and
Kashmir police Mohammad Yousuf Khan was killed on the spot
when an "unknown" vehicle hit him at Nund Reshi colony in the
jurisdiction of police station Batmaloo during a protest
demonstration in the area around 3 PM.

Police has registered a case and efforts are being made
to identify the vehicle and arrest the driver, he said.

However, residents alleged that he was run over by a
security vehicle "deliberately" and took to the streets
carrying the body of the victim on the main road near the
Secretariat. In the clashes, three persons were injured and
were rushed to hospital.

Commenting on the incident, the spokesman said, "Some
people tried to take out a procession along with the body on
the main Secretariat Road. They were chased away, three
persons are reported to have got injured in the melee".

The spokesman said three persons were injured when police
opened fire to quell a mob which attacked a police vehicle
carrying personnel of J and K armed police 13th battalion at
Palhallan-Pattan, 30 kms from here on Srinagar-Baramulla road
this morning.

Justifying the firing, the spokesman said, had they not
fired, the mob would have lynched the policemen.

"A large mob surrounded the vehicle and attacked it
fiercely from all directions. The mob also blocked the
national highway. The personnel who were on way from
Potkha-Sopore to Srinagar fired some shots in self-defence
resulting in injuries to three persons", the spokesman said.

Five security personnel were injured in stone pelting
incident at Habbakadal in old city while three security
personnel and three protestors were injured in Pulwama town of
south kashmir. Three protestors were injured in Bandipora town
during clashes between the protestors and security forces, he
said.

The spokesman said in the afternoon about 400 miscreants
defied curfew and attacked the irrigation hut in Mattan in
Anantnag district and torched it.

Stray stone pelting has also been reported from Khanabal,
Anantnag, Pulwama and Zampa Kadal and Kak Sarie in Srinagar,
the spokesman said.

Banks, shops, educational institutions, and other
establishments reopened in the Valley today as authorities
eased restrictions and separatists gave a break in the strike
today.

Public transport was back on the roads in most places
barring Trehgam, Anantnag and Mattan, where curfew remained in
force.

The Valley has been rocked by violence following the
death of a teenager on June 11 after allegedly being hit by a
teargas shell at Gani Stadium near Rajouri Kadal. After that
street protests broke out in the Valley claiming 59 lives so
far.

PTI

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