Protesters clash with security forces in Srinagar

February 20th, 2009 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Feb 20 (IANS) Nearly a dozen protesters and security men were injured in clashes in the old city area of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital after Friday prayers, officials and witnesses said.
Protesters took to the streets in Bohri Kadal area of the old city after the Friday Friday prayers, demanding the release of detained separatist leaders Shabir Shah and Muhammad Nayeem Khan.

“The protesters resorted to heavy stone pelting at policemen and paramilitary troopers posted in the area. They also damaged a police vehicle,” a senior police officer said.

Police and troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling at the protesters.

“Six civilians including a cameraman of a private TV channel and an equal number of security men were injured in the clashes,” an eyewitness said.

The clashes between supporters of the separatist leaders and security forces have been marring normal life in old city areas of this summer capital city and such protests after Friday prayers have become almost a routine here.

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