Jammu: Eighteen people, mostly security
personnel, were injured on Friday in stone-pelting by protesters
agitating against an alleged blasphemous comment made by a
professor in Bhaderwah town of Doda district.
Protests were held after president of Anjuman Islamia
Shahid Hussain got injured in communal clashes triggered by
the comment on Wednesday.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bhaderwah Roop
Raj Bhagat said that 16 security personnel received minor
injuries, when protesters pelted stones at them.
Police later resorted to tear-gas shells to disperse the
mob, injuring two civilians.
He said the situation was under control as personnel are
patrolling in the area.
Bhaderwah is the home constituency of Union Health
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who took stock of the situation yesterday.
Doda, Bhaderwah, Gandoh and Kishtwar towns observed a
shut down and demonstrations were held at some places.
Four persons, including three college students, were
injured in communal clashes on Wednesday, triggered after a
professor allegedly made a blasphemous comment during a
college lecture in Doda district.
Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a magisterial
probe into the communal clashes.