Massive protest against SASB continues, police fire in air, teargas

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Srinagar, Jun 26 (UNI) Police fired in the air and burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators at different places in the city and other major towns in the valley, who were protesting against the transfer of forest land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and death of three people and injuries to more than 250 during last three days.

Massive protests continued throughout the Kashmir valley for the third day today, demanding cancellation of land transfer to SASB.

This is for the first time since 1990, people took to street in large numbers in the Kashmir valley.

So far three people were killed and more than 250 others, including police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, injured during the clashes since June 24.

Police fired several rounds in the air and burst teargass shells to disperse violent demonstrators at Natipora and Ram bagh on Srinagar-Charar-e-Sharief road today.

The demonstrators had blocked the main roads and did not allow any traffic movement. About a dozen vehicles were damaged by the demonstrators.

It was a tough time for the police and CRPF personnel while controling the situation as the demonstrators were regrouping again and again, pelting stones and raising pro-freedom slogans.

However, adequate number of security force personnel had been deployed on Srinagar-Airport road to foil any attack on VIP vehicles by the demonstrators.

Police also fired teargas shells at Nowgam bypass to disperse the demonstrators, demanding cancellation of the land to SASB. Dozens of demonstrators were injured in the incident.

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