Srinagar: Mysterious death of a senior Peoples League (PL) leader sparked violence in Sangrama area of north Kashmir district of Baramulla, where security forces opened fire in the air to disperse the demonstrators.
A senior PL leader Abdul Rashid Gazi alias Gazi Bab was today found dead in Nowpora Puthka, Sangrama area of Baramulla district.
The cause of death was not known, official sources said, adding police has registered a case and initiated proceedings.
However, when the news spread about the death of Gazi, people took to the streets despite heavy rains, demanding an investigation.
The demonstrators blocked main road and raised pro-separatist slogans.
However, when security forces swung into action to disperse them, the demonstrators pelted stones.Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the demonstrations, they said, adding when it had no impact, security forces fired several rounds in the air.
Senior civil and police officials have rushed to the area, where the situation was very tense.