Violence erupts in Srinagar again

August 14th, 2008 - 6:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Amarnath Shrine

Srinagar, August 14 (ANI): One person was killed and another four were injured here today, when security forces opened fire to quell protesters attempting to storm a police station in Srinagar amidst fresh eruption of violence.

According to official sources, the security forces opened fire when stone-pelting protesters attacked a police station in Safakadal area of Srinagar.

They were protesting against alleged high-handedness of the security forces in their dealings over the Amarnath issue.

However, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) spokesman denied the charges that the force was crossing the limits of policing.

Meanwhile, curfew had been relaxed in Srinagar, Gandharwal, Budgam, Kupwara, Anantnag and Kulgam districts from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, while it was not lifted in Baramula, Bandipura, Pulwama and Shopiyan.

Kashmir valley was facing shortage of essential commodities for some time as protesters in Jammu had blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, over the issue of land transfer to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
The dispute began after the State Government had promised to give the forestland to the SASB.
Many Muslims organisations in the Kashmir Valley were enraged, forcing the Government to back out on its decision. This in turn enraged Hindus, and they launched a massive agitation in the Jammu region. The agitation has been on for over six weeks. (ANI)

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