29 cops injured in 2 days: Police
Baramulla, Oct 4-2009: The situation in Baramulla town remained tense for the third day in succession on Sunday and youth defied restrictions and fought pitched battles with policemen to protest the killing of a 12-year old boy. At least 10 persons including six cops were injured in the clashes.
At around 7:30 am, hundreds of youth raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans marched towards the Cement Bridge, where police had erected barricades since Saturday morning. As the youth moved close to the barricade, policemen rained tear smoke shells towards them. The protestors retaliated by hurling stones, bricks and firing crackers towards the cops, causing injuries to few of them. The clashes between the protestors and policemen continued till late evening during which 10 persons including six policemen were injured.
At SRTC bridge too, scores of youngsters clashed with police, who had barricaded the bridge to prevent free movement of people. The clashes continued for some time.
The entire township of Baramulla is on boil since Friday evening after the death of 12–year-old boy Irfan Ahmad Lone. People have defied restrictions and staged demonstration to demand punishment to the policemen involved in killing of the 12-year old boy.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman stated that at no point of time curfew was imposed in Baramulla town. “The stone pelting by some youngsters was restricted to the two bridges in the town and police exhibited restraint while dealing with the situation. At least 24 policemen were injured yesterday and five cops including Assistant Superintendent of Police sustained injuries today,” he said.
The police spokesman claimed that new town Baramulla continued to function normally while transport also plied as per normal practice.
source rising kashmir(Shoukat Nanda)