25 injured in separate incidents of violence in Jammu

July 3rd, 2008 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Amarnath Shrine

Jammu, July 3 (ANI): At least 25 people were injured today in separate incidents of violence in Jammu over the revocation of the transfer of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board even as the curfew was imposed in the city on the third day.

Protesters halted trains, set afire vehicles and fought pitched battles with police.

The police arrested 17 BJP leaders, including its former Jammu and Kashmir President Nirmal Singh, on charges of provoking violence.

Five Amarnath pilgrims, returning from Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir, were injured when some unidentified persons stoned their vehicle at Banihal, official sources said.

At least 15 protesters were injured in clashes with police at Bantalab, Tallab Tillo, Gangyal and Nanak Nagar.

Protesters blocked traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur and stopped two Srinagar-bound vehicles.

Police fired teargas shells to clear the highway in which five protesters were injured.

Some residents stepped out of their houses and burnt tyres in Muthi, Gangyal, Bakshi Nagar, Vijaypur and Samba areas. (ANI)

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