Six injured in Kashmir Valley

Six people were injured, two of them seriously, today when police used force to quell a stone- pelting mob in Srinagar, many areas of which are under curfew in the wake of a shutdown call by the separatists.

Updated: Aug 22, 2010, 18:15 PM IST

Srinagar: Six people were injured, two of
them seriously, today when police used force to quell a stone-
pelting mob in Srinagar, many areas of which are under curfew
in the wake of a shutdown call by the separatists.

All the six received pellet injuries and were shifted
to different hospitals for treatment, police said.

They said that the personnel were conducting a flag
march in northern part of the city when it came across an
"objectionable" flag at Chhana Mohalla locality of Chattabal.

While the flag was being removed, some protesters
indulged in heavy stone pelting on the police, prompting them
to resort to cane charge. Thereafter, police lobbed tear gas
shells and used pump action ammunition to chase them away.

Hospital sources identified five of the injured as
Tanvir Ahmad Najar, Javid Ahmad Sofi, Bashir Ahmad Bhat and
Mukhtar Ahmad and Mohammad Maqbool Ganai. While Najar and Sofi
received chest injury, Bhat, Ahmad and Ganai are being
treated for leg wounds.

Meanwhile, police said curfew was clamped in Trehgam
town of Kupwara district as a precautionary measure.

They said curfew remained clamped in areas under the
jurisdiction of various police stations of Srinagar district
-- Batmaloo, Bemina, Qammerwari, Kralkhud, Nowhatta, Khanyar,
M R Gunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Maisuma and parts of Khotibagh
-- till further orders.

Police said curfew also remained in force in Bijbehara
while the restrictions have been lifted in Anantnag and Sopore
towns.

Markets remained closed and transport was off the
roads in most parts of the Valley in response to the
separatists` call for strike.

The Valley was rocked by violence following the death
of a teenager on June 11 after he was allegedly hit by a tear
gas shell near Rajouri Kadal area. After that, street protests
broke out in the Valley which has claimed 62 lives so far.

Meanwhile, police denied media reports that 42 youths
were rounded up in Bemina locality of Srinagar yesterday
during a crackdown and said only six have been arrested.

"The report published in some newspapers that 42
youths were rounded up in Bemina is incorrect," they said.

They said police had launched an operation against the
stone-pelters in the area. "The police questioned some people
out of which only six persons against whom there is enough
evidence in form of videos and photographs have been
arrested," police said.

Chief Secretary S S Kapur today visited Kulgam and
Anantnag to review law and order situation in the two
districts of south Kashmir.

PTI