Anantnag: Violent clashes followed the thrashing of a Sumo cab driver by government forces, here in Harnag area of Anantnag district which falls under the police jurisdiction of Kulgam district, on Wednesday.
According to reports, government forces beat up a Sumo cab driver in the afternoon, which triggered protests from locals. People, as per sources, hit the road and challenged the government forces, at which police used tear smoke shells to disperse them, only to escalate the protests.
“Following the tear smoke shelling, people resorted to stone-pelting, bringing traffic on the highway to a halt, briefly,” a local source said.
The clashes continued for over an hour before normalcy returned to the area.