25 injured in Srinagar violence, police deny firing at mob (Lead)

August 15th, 2008 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  


Srinagar, Aug 15 (IANS) Tension gripped this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir again Friday hours after the official Independence Day celebrations passed off peacefully when 25 people were injured, including some in firing, when an unruly mob attacked a paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker. Three local cameramen were among the injured. The mob attacked a CRPF bunker in Habba Kadal of the old city area in Srinagar Friday afternoon.

“Five people have been admitted here with bullet injuries,” doctors at the SMHS hospital here told IANS.

Police, however, maintained that the CRPF had fired only in the air to disperse the mob.

“Only two people have been reported to have sustained bullet injuries, both of whom are out of danger. The rest of the injured sustained injuries in baton charge and tear smoke shelling,” a senior police official told IANS.

Three local cameramen covering the incident were also injured when the mob clashed with the CRPF troopers.

After the incident, some people started taking out procession in different parts of the city.

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 300 injured, including policemen, in the violence that has erupted in the city for almost two months in the wake of the Amarnath land transfer row.

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