Two youth injured in Kashmir clashes

SRINAGAR: Two youth were injured as violent clashes between protesters and government forces rocked Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

Yawar Rashid and Gowhar Majid sustained injuries when security forces fired pellet guns to disperse stone-pelting protestors in Trehgam area of Kupwara district, a police official said.

He said both the injured were shifted to a hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment.

Protestors resorted to stone-pelting on security forces at Nathnusa soon after police stopped and turned back MLA Langate Sheikh Abdul Rashid, who wanted to visit Drugmulla, the official said.

Protests were also reported from Barsoo area of Ganderbal district where a group of youth blocked the road and resorted to stone-pelting, he said adding, the protesters were chased away.

In Naidkhai in Bandipora, protesters set ablaze an abandoned barrack of police, he said. The tin-shed barrack had been abandoned following the recent floods.

While most of Srinagar city remained peaceful, a minor incident of stone-pelting was reported from Natipora area, the official said.

Kashmir has been witnessing violent protests since Tuesday following alleged molestation of the girl in Handwara town of Kupwara district. Five civilians have died in the clashes so far and nearly 50 people, including over 40 security personnel, have been injured.

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