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


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

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