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Fresh clashes in Kashmir, Srinagar tense

Source: PTI
September 07, 2008 15:09 IST
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Fresh clashes erupted on Sunday between security forces and protestors in Srinagar, after the killing of a youth in police firing sparked fresh tension in the Kashmir Valley.

Police fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse stone-pelting mobs in Srinagar where authorities deployed police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel in strength to maintain law and order, officials said.

However, no one was injured in the clashes which took place at Maisuma in the heart of Srinagar and its adjoining areas including Red Cross, Kokerbazar, Madina chowk and Nai Sadak, sources said.

A youth, Javed Iqbal, was killed when he was hit by a rubber bullet during a clash between police and protesters at Nowhatta in the interior of the city following a general strike called by separatists in support of their demand for right to self-determination on Saturday.

The coordination committee of separatists had, however, asked people to resume normal activities from Sunday. But shops and business establishments were forced to down their shutters by youths who visited various markets to enforce a strike to protest against the killing.

Life in the vast downtown area of city including Nowhatta--the scene of a fierce clash on Saturday--too was paralysed as groups of youth took to streets at various places in the vicinity of Jamia Masjid shouting pro-freedom slogans.

Only skeletal transport was plying on the roads. Additional police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in sensitive areas, a police officer said denying reports of imposition of curfew in parts of the city.
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