Srinagar: Five persons were injured during
clashes with security forces at two places in Kashmir Valley,
where curfew was on Friday extended to Pulwama and Shopian
district headquarters as precautionary measure, officials
At Malaknag -- 55 km from here -- in Anantnag district. a
group of people defied the curfew and allegedly pelted stones
at the security forces, prompting them to fire warning shots,
burst teargas shells and use batons to control the unruly mob,
the officials said.
Two persons were injured in the clash. One of the
injured, identified as Zubair Ahmad Ganie, was rushed to SMHS
hospital with a fire-arm injury, they said.
Three persons were injured when security forces lobbed
teargas shells and used batons to disperse a group of youth
who indulged in stone-pelting at Khanpora locality in
Baramulla town, 55 km from here, shortly after Friday prayers,
the officials said.
The trio were rushed to a local hospital where their
condition was stated to be stable, they said.
In a separate incident, three journalists -- on their way
to the state Assembly complex for covering the proceedings --
were allegedly beaten up by police in Baghat chowk area of the
city, sources said.
Mehrajuddin, Umar Mehraj -- both associated with AP
Television Network, and Mufti Islah of CNN-IBN were allegedly
thrashed by the police personnel, who allegedly refused to
honour their curfew passes. Two of them had to be hospitalised
and were later discharged, they said.
Barring these incidents, the situation across the
curfew-bound valley remained by and large peaceful.
As the day progressed, curfew was relaxed in parts of
Srinagar, Kupwara, Pulwama and Baramulla districts in a phased
"Curfew has been relaxed in east, west and south zones of
the city from 4.30 pm onwards," a police spokesman said,
adding, the restrictions were eased in the north and Hazratbal
zones of the city from 5 pm onwards.
The curfew was also relaxed in parts of Kupwara district
from 3.30 pm onwards, while restrictions were eased in
neighbouring Handwara and Sopore towns in Baramulla district
for two hours from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Curfew was also relaxed in south Kashmir Tral town of
Pulwama district from 5 pm to 7 pm, the spokesman said.
The curfew, which was already in force in Srinagar, was
extended and reimposed in almost all major towns, excluding
Shopian and Pulwama districts, yesterday as a precautionary
measure ahead of the Ayodhya dispute verdict, police said.
Kashmir Valley has been in grip of violent protests since
June 11 when a 17-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by
a tear smoke shell during clashes at Rajouri Kadal in the
interior city. The unrest has so far claimed 104 lives.