12 cops among 20 injured as security forces open fire

At least 20 persons, including 12 policemen, were injured today as security forces opened fire on a mob which hit the streets defying curfew and allegedly hurled stones at a police post.

Updated: Jul 10, 2010, 09:06 AM IST

Srinagar: At least 20 persons, including 12
policemen, were injured today as security forces opened fire
on a mob which hit the streets defying curfew and allegedly
hurled stones at a police post and a security camp in Kakapora
area of Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

The trouble started shortly after Friday prayers when
people, defying curfew, came out on the roads in the town, 25
km from here and started demonstrating, official sources said.

The police and security forces prevented them, which
further angered the protestors who then pelted a police post
and a nearby security camp with stones.

The security forces lobbed teargas shells to disperse the
angry protestors but when the mob did not relent, they opened
fire, injuring eight protestors who were later admitted to a
nearby hospital.

Police said 12 of their men, including a DSP and a Duty
Officer (DO) Kakapora were injured in the incident.
In view of the curfew, Friday prayers could not be
offered in major mosques and shrines across the valley.
However, official sources said Friday prayers were
offered at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, where a small group
of locals managed to come
PTI