Three killed, 13 injured as police open fire on mob in J&K

Three persons were killed and 13 others injured when police opened fire on a mob trying to set ablaze a missionary school in Mendhar town of Poonch district today.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 19:55 PM IST

Poonch: Three persons were killed and
13 others injured when police opened fire on a mob trying to
set ablaze a missionary school in Mendhar town of Poonch
district today.

Protesting the alleged desecration of a holy book in the
US recently, a 3000-strong mob took out a procession in
Mendhar town, 270 km from Jammu, and set ablaze the vehicle of
a hospital en route, police said.

The protesters then headed towards a missionary school
and tried to set it ablaze, which was prevented by the police.

In order to disperse the mob, police opened fire following
which two persons died on the spot and 13 others were injured.
One of the injured died on way to hospital, police said.

The deceased has been identified as Mohmmad Shamim (27),
Abdul Irshad (19) and Alam Dar Shah (19).

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where some
of them are stated to be serious. Some of the injured were
later referred to Jammu for specialised treatment.

Officials said the mob also set on fire SDO, SDM,
tehsildar and treasury office buildings and two police
vehicles.

Thousands of people also held protests in Mandi town in
the border district today.

Meanwhile, curfew continued in Poonch town for the second
consecutive day without any relaxation.

Curfew was clamped in the town on the intervening night
of September 13 and 14 in view of the tense situation
following clashes between protesters and police that left 20
people injured on Monday.

Additional police and para-military forces have been
deployed in the sensitive areas of the border town with strict
curfew restrictions.

There were reports of demonstrations in Kishtwar, Doda,
Bhaderwah, Rajouri, Ramso and Banihal areas of Jammu region
and protest rallies were taken out on Jammu-Srinagar national
highway at Ramso area.

However, there were no reports of any violence from these
areas.

Prohibitory order continues in Kishtwar in the wake of
violent clashes which left three persons, including a
policeman, injured yesterday.

PTI