Protests, clashes in old city

Police, CRPF Ransacked Shops, Houses: Locals


Srinagar, Aug 6: Violent clashes broke out in old Srinagar for the second consecutive day on Saturday even as parts of the area observed a shutdown against the alleged highhandedness of police and paramilitary CRPF.
Business establishments and shops remained shut in parts of old city like Nowhatta and Rajouri Kadal. The traffic movement was also thin.
Later protesters blocked the roads around Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta and Gojwara to protest against police and CRPF action yesterday.
The youth clashed with CRPF and police personnel who were deployed in strength to thwart any protest. In retaliation to stone pelting, the forces fired tear gas canisters and cane charged protesters to disperse them.
The clashes between forces and protesters were reported from Nowhatta, Rajouri Kadal and Gojwara areas of old city. In Nohwatta, the youth pelted stones on the local police station. They said the police after ransacking several houses have taken many youth in custody.
The local residents accused the law enforcing agencies of ransacking the houses and shops in their areas during clashes with stone-pelting protestors on Friday. Youth took to streets after Friday prayers to protest against the house arrest of Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Two persons were injured in the clashes.
Meanwhile, CRPF said during the Friday’s stone pelting incident 23 CRPF personnel were injured.
CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Tripathi, while describing the stone pelting as intense, said among the injured, large number of CRPF personnel belonged to 28 BN CRPF including the commandant, 2nd I/C and other officers deployed on ground.
“Constable driver J.J. Inva Robert who was driving the mobile bunker sustained serious injuries where he had twelve stitches on the left side of his head and nose,” Tripathi said. “The bullet proof mobile bunker was fully damaged and the violent protesters with iron rods and shovels attacked the mobile bunker and also forced open the door of the bunker and hit hard the driver by a measuring weight of one kg, heavy stones and threw burning wood inside the vehicle with an intention to char the vehicle.”
A police spokesman said, “Some miscreants in the day attempted to disrupt peace by resorting to stone pelting on police and security forces deployments in Kawdara, Gojwara and Nowhatta. However, police exercised restraint. No one was hurt in these incidents. These miscreants also forced the shopkeepers to close their shops in these areas. Elsewhere in the valley situation remained completely normal.”

Lastupdate on : Sat, 6 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 6 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 7 Aug 2011 00:00:00 IST

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