Srinagar: At least 15 people suffered injuries during clashes in Salia village of Aishmuqam after police and CRPF personnel tried to foil a pro-freedom rally announced by the locals.
Paramilitary forces smashed the window panes of a gurdwara in Singpora Nowgam village of the area. Witnesses said that police and paramilitary troopers reached the village early morning and tried to vandalise the rally venue and chase away the people who were busy in making arrangements.
A large number of people assembled near the venue and held protest demonstrations and clashed with the forces. The forces used tear smoke shells and resorted to cane charge to scatter the protesters, in which at least 15 people and several forces personnel were injured.
The injured were treated at nearby Seer hospital from where two of them were referred to district hospital Anantnag. A doctor posted at SDH Seer said that at least 15 persons with minor injuries were brought to the hospital out of whom two were sent to DH Anantnag, while the rest were discharged after treatment. After facing stiff resistance from the people, the government forces fled the spot after which people went ahead with the programme, witnesses said.
The CRPF men while moving back to their station allegedly smashed the window panes of a gurdwara and a residential house in Singpora Nowgam village, triggering joint protests by Muslims and Sikhs of the area.
Secretary of the Gurdwara Committee, Surindar Singh, told reporters that CRPF men while returning from Salia desecrated the gurdwara. “They smashed the window panes and electric bulbs of the gurdwara and hurled stones on some residential houses as well. They fled from the spot only after the Muslims of the area joined us in protests,” Singh told reporters.