Five wounded in clash with security forces, strike hits life

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 19:05

Srinagar: At least five persons were injured
as people took to the streets today at several places across
Kashmir valley and clashed with security personnel while the
separatist-sponsored strike against the killing of a youth
paralysed life for the second successive day.

Prohibitory orders remained strictly in force in the old
city for the second day to avert untoward incidents and
maintain law and order.

An irate mob, protesting the killing of Javid Ahmad
Malla, hit the streets in Baramulla town, 55 km from here this
morning and indulged in stone pelting on police and
paramilitary personnel at nearly half a dozen places including
local police station, trigerring clashes, official sources
said.

They said no one was hurt during the clashes as police
guards posted at the police station exercised restraint.

Angry youths also indulged in stone pelting at fruit
mandi in Parimpora area of the city after two persons were
arrested by police, the sources said.

Locals alleged that police and paramilitary personnel
thrashed them and ransacked their houses after they staged a
demonstration against the arrest of two persons from the
locality.

At least five persons were injured in the incident.
However, police denied the charges. They said two persons were
detained while the protestors were being chased.

Police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to cane charge
when a group of protesters damaged a security vehicle in
Nunaar-Ganderbal, 25 kms from here today.

Police fired teargas shells to disperse a stone pelting
mob in Maisuma in the heart of the city, but there was no
report of any casualty, the sources said.

Residents of old city complained that curfew has been
imposed as they were not allowed to move out of their houses,
but police denied having imposed curfew and said law enforcing
agencies were only strictly implementing prohibitory orders.

As a result of strike and strict implementation of
prohibitory orders in old city, life remained crippled in
Srinagar and elsewhere in the valley for the second successive
day.

Shops and business markets, educational institutions,
banks and semi-government offices remained closed in response
to the call given by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference
headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Attendance in government offices was thin as both private
and public transport remained off the roads, the sources said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 19:05

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