Three wounded in Kashmir land allotment protests

June 23rd, 2008 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS  

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Srinagar, June 23 (IANS) Three people protesting the allotment of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) were wounded in Nowhatta area of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar Monday evening when police and paramilitary personnel used force to disperse a violent mob. Scores of people had gathered in the Nowhatta square of the old city area, six km from the city centre Lal Chowk, protesting the state government’s move to allot forest land to the shrine board.

As the protesters resorted to throwing stones at the police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the security personnel used batons and teargas to disperse them.

Three protesters were injured and were admitted in the Soura Medical Institute.

Though authorities here refused to confirm any firing at the protesters by the police or the CRPF, attending doctors told IANS at least one of the injured had sustained a bullet injury and was now being operated upon.

The police and protesters had a few minor clashes at various places in the old city areas since morning following a protest call by separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani who led protesters at Gaw Kadal area of the uptown city.

As a preventive measure, the police earlier Monday put some other prominent separatist leaders under house arrest.

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