About 40 injured in fresh clashes in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Aug 8 (UNI) About 40 people, including some police personnel, were injured in fresh clashes after Friday prayers in the summer capital.

Official sources said supporters of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) joined by hundreds of others took to streets at Nowhatta in the historic Jamia Masjid this afternoon immediately after Friday prayers were over.

However, senior Hurriyat leaders, including chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Javid Ahmad Khan and Shahidul Islam could not join the processionists as they were put under house arrest.

Mirwaiz had announced to lead the procession and submit a memorandum to United Nations Military Observers (UNMO) at Sonawar here.

As the processionists reached Khanyar, they were stopped by the police. However, when they insisted that they should be allowed to move towards Sonawar, police burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge.

Local residents alleged that security forces, posted in the area, later entered houses and beat up the inmates and ransacked the households.

A youth was rushed to hospital by media persons after he was hit in the head by a security jawan.

Later, the processionists again surfaced at Munwarabad, Khayam and Ikhwan Chowk and pelted stones on police and security forces.

Police again fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse them.

Reports of demonstration were also received from other parts of the city and outskirts.

A report from Barmulla said police fired teargas to disperse demonstrators at Sopore after Friday prayers.

About 40 people were injured in the clashes across the Kashmir valley, sources said adding the injured included some police personnel.

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