Srinagar: Violent clashes erupted in Lawaypora area on city outskirts here after an army vehicle hit and injured two motorcycle-borne men on Tuesday morning.
“Two persons were injured after he was hit by an army vehicle in Srinagar. A case FIR number 148/2016 under section 279, 337 has been registered in police station Parimpora and investigation has been taken up,” a spokesman of police said in a statement issued here.
The motorcyclists were identified as Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Aijaz Ahmad Wani, both hailing from Check-e-Kawoosa, a local news agency GNS reported.
The incident occurred when the army vehicle, bearing registration number 14D 19471K, hit them on the along Srinagar-Baramulla Highway near Lawaypora, it said.
Both the injured persons were immediately rushed to SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Medical College Bemina for treatment where there condition is stated to be stable, it said.
Soon after the news spread about the incident, a large number of people staged anti-army protest, alleging that the army driver was driving fast, the report said, adding that amid protests, police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the protesters.
According to the report, the protesters, however, continued their protest after which police resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling.
The protesters retaliated by throwing stones and bricks, sparking off violent clashes, it said, adding that the police also resorted to aerial firing.
The clashes left several youths injured, it said.
The clashes and protests resulted in heavy traffic jam along the Highway while hundreds of commuters remained stranded for over an hour, it said.
The situation later returned to normal as contingents of police were deployed, it said.