Baramulla, Aug 24 (UNI) At least 20 people were injured when security forces fired in the air and burst teargas shells to disperse thousands of people who defied the curfew restriction in north Kashmir today.
Official sources said about 3000 people took to streets at Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara immediately after the authorities announced that curfew had been imposed in the entire town since 0400 hrs.
Later, they were joined by others after the processionists marched through different streets in the town.
As the processionists blocked all the roads, the security forces resorted to lathicharge to disperse them which had no impact on them, and they were regrouping again and sitting on the road.
Official sources said about 10,000 to 15,000 people, including women, were sitting on the roads in the town.
The security forces burst teargas shells and also fired several rounds in the air to disperse them.
The situation in the town was tense, they said adding people were refusing to disperse.
The security forces also fired in the air and burst teargass shells to disperse people who defied curfew restriction in the old Baramulla town.
The clashes were going on when the reports last came in.
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