One dead, 60 wounded in Jammu violence as curfew continue

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Jammu, Aug 20 (UNI) One person was killed, 60 suffered injuries, five of them critically as mob went on the rampage in different parts of Jammu and its outskirts demanding restoration of 40 hectares of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), official sources here today said.

''One of the demonstrators identified as Deepak Kumar, died on the spot when a tractor-trolley carrying several agitators during a protest rally, rolled down near village Rehal of tehsil Bishnah,'' official sources told UNI asserting that around 40 people got injured, three critically as police opened fire in Akhnoor sector to disperse the mob.

The protestors engaged in clash with the security forces in Akhnoor and police resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells while a government building and a police post were also set ablaze here in city, they said.

''The furious mob set afire Sarwal Police Post and a government residential building and a car of a BJP state organising secretary in posh Gandhi Nagar locality,'' sources maintained.

However, at least 20 people, including six policemen, were injured in the clashes during stone pelting by the mob in several parts of Jammu city.

''Defying curfew restrictions in old city and its peripheries, the protestors took to the streets amid anti-government slogans and chanting 'Bam Bam Bhole' and there was no let up in the violence,'' sources maintained.

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