Srinagar: Fourteen people, including 10 civilians and four policemen, were injured today in the north Kashmir town of Kupwara when paramilitary forces and police confronted a peaceful civilian march as authorities brought entire Srinagar district under curfew ahead of a proposed march by separatists to Eidgah.
Scores of people from Kralpora, Hayan, Trehgam and other adjoining areas, defying restrictions, marched towards Kupwara raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. When the procession reached near Hiri army camp, they were intercepted by large contingents of police and CRPF.
Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse stone-pelting protesters in several areas in curfew-bound Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara and Pulwama, leaving 14people, including four policemen injured, police said.
A top police officer told Agence India Press that, the protests were against the death of some youths last month allegedly in firing by security forces. Some of the injured civilians referred to Srinagar Hospital.
One of the injured identified as Gulzar Ahmad Khuroo, a resident of Chinkipora, was admitted to Bone and Joints hospital here after allegedly being hit by a teargas shell while taking part in a demonstration in the outskirts of Sopore town.