PAMPORE: Restrictions were imposed in south Kashmir’s Khrew village on Saturday after people attacked police on Friday evening.
Curfew-like situation prevailed in the area since early morning, with all business establishments and educational institutions remaining closed; the traffic was also off the roads.
Superintendent of police Awantipora, Sridhar Patil, told Kashmir Reader that restrictions were imposed in response to the people’s attack on a police vehicle and an unsuccessful bid to attack the local police post.
“Many policemen including two officer’s and a lady police constable were injured after a unruly mob tried to attack a police post in the area. Police was forced to resort to teargas shelling,” Patil said.
He said the restrictions would be lifted only after the situation becomes ‘normal’.
At least 15 civilians were injured on Friday in clashes between police and residents.
All the injured were shifted to a hospital for treatment.
The block medical officer Pampore, Dr Saba, said the injured were treated at Public Health Centre Khrew and Sub-District Hospital Pampore.
Four of the injured were critically injured and shifted to Srinagar hospital for treatment, she said.
Khrew has been witnessing a tussle between two truck unions both of which seek rights to do business with the cement factories located in Pampore.
Meanwhile, a police official from Pampore police station told Kashmir Reader that they have arrested a few persons and registered FIRs against about 50 individuals, including deputy general manager, Javed Ahmad Hakeem, of government-owned JK Cements.
He said Hakeem had violated the divisional commissioner’s order that barred both truck unions from lifting cement from the factories until the dispute was settled.
The officer said the government had provided coupons to truckers for carrying cement, making the unions irrelevant.
The district administration has been making use of State Road Transport Corporation’s trucks for transporting cement to ensure the factory owners suffer no losses.
“As the tension has been rising, we did not want any factory owner to suffer losses,” deputy commissioner concerned, Niraj Kumar, said.
He said all private and government factories would be provided security.