Two injured in fresh clashes in Kashmir

Curfew was extended to all major towns of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure.

Srinagar: Two persons were injured when
security forces allegedly opened fire to chase away a
stone-pelting mob in Baramulla district of north Kashmir this

A group of people defied curfew at Khanpora, 50 kms
from here, and indulged in heavy stone-pelting on the police
and paramilitary forces, official sources said.

They said the security forces initially used teargas
shells and batons to disperse the protestors but after they
refused to disperse, warning shots were fired.

Two persons identified Javid and Tariq Ahmad were
injured in the incident, the sources said, adding the latter,
was referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment. His
condition was stated to be "critical".

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

Curfew in all major towns

Curfew was Tuesday extended to
all major towns of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary
measure after violent clashes left 17 people dead and over 70
injured, official sources said here.

The sources said the curfew was imposed in fresh areas
as a precautionary measure and to prevent people from pouring
out on roads and streets.

Srinagar city, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Awantipora,
Lethpora, Pampore and Pulwama towns in south Kashmir and
Sopore town in north Kashmir were already under curfew since

The new areas that have been brought under the ambit
of prohibitory orders include Budgam town, Choon, Mirgund,
Ompora, Narkara, Shekhpora, Humhama, I.G.Road, Gulwanpora,
Nadir Gund, Chadoora and Wathoora in central Kashmir`s Budgam

Curfew was also imposed in Ganderbal and Kangan towns,
Kulgam, Qoimoh, Shopian town, Baramulla town, Tangmarg,
Kupwara town, Tregham, Kralpora, Handwara, Chotipora, Kulangam
and Bandipora town.

A police spokesman said a mob took out the belongings
and bedding of police personnel from a police post at
Khanabal-Pahalgam Road in Anantnag town last night and set
them on fire.

A troops carrier of the state police was torched
at Charier Sharief in Budgam district, he said.
Fresh violence erupted in Kashmir yesterday, leaving
17 dead, including a policeman and over 70 injured with mobs
torching several government properties and a private school
after a television report alleged desecration of a holy book
in the US.

The state cabinet yesterday condemned the alleged act
of desecration and made a fervent appeal to the people not to
take law in their own hands.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had yesterday voiced
concern over the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. He also
sought to reach out to the people in the state, saying their
grievances have to be addressed and promised talks within the
Indian Constitution with those who abjure violence.