J&K: 18 injured in stone pelting after clashes

Jammu: Eighteen people, mostly security personnel, were injured on Friday in stone-pelting by protesters agitating against an alleged blasphemous comment made by a professor in Bhaderwah town of Doda district.

Protests were held after president of Anjuman Islamia Shahid Hussain got injured in communal clashes triggered by the comment on Wednesday.

Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bhaderwah Roop Raj Bhagat said that 16 security personnel received minor injuries, when protesters pelted stones at them.

Police later resorted to tear-gas shells to disperse the mob, injuring two civilians.

He said the situation was under control as personnel are patrolling in the area.

Bhaderwah is the home constituency of Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who took stock of the situation yesterday.

Doda, Bhaderwah, Gandoh and Kishtwar towns observed a shut down and demonstrations were held at some places.

Four persons, including three college students, were injured in communal clashes on Wednesday, triggered after a professor allegedly made a blasphemous comment during a college lecture in Doda district.

Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a magisterial probe into the communal clashes.