J&K: Protesters defy curfew, stop train in Sopore

Last Updated: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 19:31

Srinagar: Defying curfew, people on Saturday
staged protests against the killing of two youths allegedly in
CRPF firing on a mob and stopped Baramulla-Qazigund train in
Sopore town of Kashmir Valley, where a separatists-sponsored
bandh affected normal life in major towns.

Police said no one was injured in the incident and the
train suffered no damage as a result of the blockade by
protesters in Sopore, 55 kms from here, in north Kashmir.
Indefinite curfew was clamped in the town last evening
when hundreds of people took to streets, set ablaze a security
vehicle, damaged a bunker and attacked the local police
station, demanding action against the CRPF personnel.

Groups of people defied curfew and staged demonstrations
at Hathishah Mohalla, Jamia Kadeem and Krankshivan and pelted
stones on security personnel. However, there was no report of
any casualty.

Officials said the train service was suspended by the
Northern Railways as a precautionary measure in view of stone
pelting incidents at some places in Sopore.

"We had already taken safety measures in view of stone
pelting in Sopore. The morning train which had to pass Sopore
could not do so," senior commandant railway protection force S
K Saini said.

He appealed to the people not to disrupt the service.
"The train commuters are mostly students appearing in
the exams and entrance examinations," Saini told PTI.

The train service was inaugurated by the Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008 and turned out to be a popular means of
transport, being cheaper and less time consuming.

Protesting against the Sopore incident, separatists
had given a call for Kashmir bandh today. Shops and business
establishments remained closed in Srinagar and other major
towns of the valley and traffic was thin.

However, attendance in government offices, educational
institutions and semi-government offices was near normal and
examinations of the state board and university are being held
as per schedule, the sources said.

Meanwhile, bodies of two militants killed in the
encounter at Krankshivan that had sparked violent protests
yesterday were buried at Bijhama-Sopore, they said.


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First Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 19:31

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