One killed in police-separatists clash in Srinagar

September 12th, 2008 - 8:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Sept 12 (ANI): At least one person was killed in Srinagar today, when fresh clashes erupted between the police and separatists-led protesters.

The clashes took place between supporters of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik and the police.

The protesters took to the streets shortly after Friday prayers following a shutdown called by separatists.

During the clashes JKLF chief Yasin Malik and several other protestors were injured. He was taken to SMHS hospital for treatment.

According to reports, police fired tear gas shells and used batons to disperse thousands of demonstrators who assembled at Lal Chowk and staged a sit-in in response to the call given by separatists” Co-ordination Committee.

Malik, while addressing the demonstrators, said, “Our movement is peaceful and no military can defeat the resolve of Kashmiris.”

The Committee had given the shutdown call from 12.30 P.M.

In Srinagar and other district headquarters shopkeepers pulled down their shutters and thousands of slogan shouting people took to the streets after Friday prayers.

Clashes also occurred in Koker bazaar, Maisuma, Court road and adjoining localities, according to reports.

Police and paramilitary forces had been deployed in strength outside all mosques and shrines and sensitive localities to maintain law and order. (ANI)

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