11 injured in Shopian clashes, including policeman

11 injured in Shopian clashes, including policeman
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Doctors at SDH say they have been told to not speak to the media

Shopian: Eleven persons including a policeman sustained injuries when youth clashed with government forces in different areas of Shopian on Thursday. Ten protesters and a policeman were injured at Shirmal village where youths pelted government forces with stones and the forces fired pellets, tear smoke shells, and stun grenades, eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader.
Local sources in Shirmal said that most of the injured youths were treated at local medical shops, but two were referred to government-run health centres.
Hospital sources at Sub-District Hospital Shopian told Kashmir Reader that one policeman was brought to the hospital who was later discharged after treatment. On the injury of civilians, doctors said they cannot talk since as have been barred by the authorities from interacting with the press.
Hospital sources at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Brethipora said that two injured persons were brought to the hospital, among whom one was discharged after treatment but the other was referred to District Hospital Pulwama.
Minor clashes were reported from Meminder village where local sources said a huge deployment of forces had been made.
Minor clashes were also reported in Bonbazar area of the main town. The rest the of town reportedly remained calm during the day.
Markets and public transport in Shopian district stayed shut for the 5th consecutive day in protest against the killing of four civilians and 12 local militants on Sunday. All business establishments, shops, and schools remained closed while roads were seen deserted in all areas including in the villages.
Since January 24 this year, 14 civilians including a minor boy, who died of his injuries after an exploded shell went off in in his hand, and 16 militants have been killed in district Shopian. Two of the civilians killed in Shopian were residents of neighbouring Kulgam district.