Police fires in the air as protests rock Doda
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 23:10
Jammu: Police opened fire in the air as a mob protesting the death of a driver, torched two vehicles and attacked a police station in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir today.

Acting on a complaint of a parent whose teenager daughter went missing in Thathri belt of Doda district, police picked up a driver Rafiq Ahmed for questioning at police station Thathri this afternoon, police officials said.

However, the driver, who was beaten up, escaped from the police station and was chased by police constables, they said adding he jumped into river Chenab from a bridge.

As the news spread, over 300-400 people raising anti-police slogans attacked the police station and set afire two vehicles, including the vehicle of Station House Officer (SHO) Ravinder Kumar.

Later reinforcement was sent and police resorted to cane charge to disperse the attackers, they said adding police later fired in the air as attackers ransacked the police station and beat up cops.

In the clashes, five persons, including a cop, were injured, they said. The protestors were demanding suspension of cops involved in the incident and shifting of SHO, police said adding later a meeting took place between senior citizens and senior police officials and the matter was resolved.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu Zone Ashok Gupta told PTI that SHO has been shifted and the situation has been brought under control.


First Published: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 23:10

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