8 injured as stone pelting protestors defy curfew in Kashmir (update)

October 27th, 2010 - 7:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Bandipora, Oct.27 (ANI): At least eight persons, including three policemen, suffered injuries after a group of protestors clashed with security personnel and resorted to stone-pelting during curfew here on Wednesday in the State’s Bandipora district.

The injured persons included five civilians and three policemen.

On Wednesday morning, the authorities here had clamped curfew in Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts besides Awantipora town, in view of the march called by moderate faction of Hurrriyat to the office of the UN Military Observers’ Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

The march was supported by the hardline faction headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

According to officials, today’s clash occurred after a group of protestors, defying curfew restrictions, took to streets in the morning in Bandipora, 50 kilometres from Srinagar.

Police and other security forces used batons to chase the protestors away but the youth starting pelting stones at them.

Curfew has been imposed in four districts to foil a march planned by the separatists to the United Nations office in Srinagar.

To prevent the situation from going out of control, security forces lobbed tear smoke shells and fired Pump Action Guns.

According to officials, several separatist leaders have been put under house arrest while over a dozen activists of Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat were taken into preventive custody Tuesday night. (ANI)

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