13 wounded in Kashmir anti-poll protestsApril 28th, 2009 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, April 28 (IANS) Anti-poll protests rocked parts of this Jammu and Kashmir capital Tuesday evening triggering tension and prompting the authorities to beef up the security ahead of the 50-hour long shutdown called by separatists.
Stone pelting youth took to streets in the downtown area of Srinagar and clashed with the police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
A private Tata Sumo hired by the CRPF was torched by a violent mob in the old city as the trouble spread to other areas.
Security forces fired tear smoke cannisters and used batons to disperse the protestors shouting anti-poll slogans.
A police officer said 13 people were injured in the clashes.
Chairman of the hard-line faction of the separatist Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani has called for a 50-hour-long strike that began Tuesday evening ahead of the polling in the south Kashmir Anantnag Pulwama Lok Sabha constituency Thursday.
Separatist leaders have called for a poll boycott. However, authorities say adequate security arrangements are in place to ensure peaceful poll Thursday.
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