Clashes erupt in south Kashmir’s Anantnag after driver ‘beaten’

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Srinagar, August 1: Government forces used batons and fired teargas canisters on Wednesday after alleged thrashing of a cab driver triggered massive protests in Anantnag town of south Kashmir.

Scores of people hit the streets in Harnag area of Anantnag when news spread that a driver has been beaten up by government forces early this morning, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. Chanting slogans, the locals mostly youth staged demonstrations against what they called ‘highhandedness’ of government forces.

“Youth also pelted stones at the government forces to vent their anger. In retaliation, government forces lobbed tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters. This led to outbreak of clashes,” witnesses said.

The protests were going on when the last reports came in.