Six injured in clashes in Kashmir

Defying curfew, stone pelters today targeted the house of a former legislator and clashed with security forces at different places in Kashmir, leaving at least six persons injured.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 19:58 PM IST

Srinagar: Defying curfew, stone pelters
today targeted the house of a former legislator and clashed
with security forces at different places in Kashmir, leaving
at least six persons injured.

An unidentified youth was seriously injured when
security forces allegedly opened fire to chase away a
stone-pelting mob at Boatman colony in Bemina locality here
this afternoon, a police spokesman said.

He said security forces initially used tear gas shells
to disperse the protesters who had blocked a highway but they
indulged in heavy pelting.

The injured has been referred to SKIMS hospital Soura,
official sources said adding one more person was injured in
the incident and was shifted to nearby JVC hospital.

In Bandipora district of North Kashmir, a mob pelted
stones on the house of former MLC Habeebullah at Watipora, 60
kms from here, the spokesman said.

However, the stone-pelters were chased away by police.
Another group of people defied curfew at Khanpora, 50
kms from here, and indulged in heavy stone-pelting on the
police and paramilitary forces, sources said.

They said security forces fired warning shots and
lobbed teargas shells, resulting in injuries to two persons -
Javid and Tariq Ahmad.

Reinforcements have been rushed to the area as clashes
were continuing when last reports were received, they said.

A mob attacked the battalion headquarters of CRPF in
Zianakote industrial area, prompting the security personnel to
open fire, the police spokesman said.

One youth was injured in the incident on the outskirts
of the city. He was rushed to hospital where his condition
was stated to be stable.

Abdul Rashid Ganai was hit by a rubber bullet in the
chest at Chadoora after a stone-pelting mob attacked security
forces in the town, 16 kms from here in Budgam district.

The spokesman said stone pelting has also been
reported from Sumbal in Bandipora district and
Harapora-Handwara in Kupwara district, Achabal and Sirigufwara
in Anantnag district, Paichoo, Tahab, Chowkand and Bonoora in
Pulwama district.

At some places, security forces used teargas shells
and batons to disperse the stone-pelters but there was no
report of any casuality, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh, who was critically
injured in firing at Pampore, succumbed to injuries at a
hospital here, raising the toll in yesterday`s violence to 18,
the sources said.

PTI