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Six injured in Srinagar clashes

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
Last updated on: February 10, 2009 19:29 IST
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At least six persons including two paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force troopers were injured in a clash in Srinagar on Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses said some of the CRPF troopers allegedly roughed up some shopkeepers and passers-by in the Maisuma locality of the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

The trouble is stated to have erupted with an altercation between the CRPF troopers and shopkeepers and locals.

As the trouble snowballed, the police and CRPF fired several warning shots and resorted to baton charges and tear-gassing to quell the trouble which returned to the area after a long gap.

The Miasuma locality is the stronghold of the pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik who is right now away in Pakistan in connection with his marriage.

High tension has gripped the area and its surrounding localities. The stone pelting youths made repeated attempts to enter the CRPF camp located in the Akhara building.

Senior police and paramilitary officers are at the spot trying to deal with the situation, a day ahead of the bandh called by the JKLF against the hanging of its founder Mohammad Maqboool Bhat in Tihar jail on February 11, 1984.

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar