Dozens injured as protesters clash with police in Srinagar

October 17th, 2008 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Oct 17 (IANS) Protesters clashed with police and paramilitary troopers after offering Friday prayers resulting in injuries to at least two dozen people in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.After the prayers, the protesters gathered in the old city’s Nowhatta area and the uptown Maisuma locality, pelting stones on police and paramilitary forces deployed there.

“Police used batons and tear smoke shells to disperse the irate protesters in Nowhatta and Maisuma areas who resorted to heavy stone pelting on the deployed security men,” a senior police officer told IANS.

Reports said at least two dozen protesters and security men were injured in the clashes.

A cameraman working for a private television channel was also injured in the stone pelting.

The joint co-ordination committee of the two separatist Hurriyat groups had called upon the people to hold peaceful protests after the Friday prayers here as part of the “separatist resistance programme”.

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