At least eight persons, including two constables, were injured as security forces used force to disperse protesters at several places in Kashmir even as curfew was on Tuesday imposed in old city areas of Srinagar to thwart a separatist march to the Eidgah graveyard here.
Five persons were injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to disperse stone-pelting protesters at Muran Chowk in Pulwama district town, 32 km from Srinagar, on Tuesday evening, official sources said.
They said reinforcements have been rushed to the area to restore law and order.
One of the injured was shifted to Srinagar and his condition is said to be stable, the spokesman said.
He said two policemen were also injured when protesters indulged in stone-pelting on a security deployment at Cement Bridge in Baramulla district town, 55 km from Srinagar, on Tuesday afternoon.
A woman was injured when a mob smashed windscreens of two private vehicles near Gulab Bagh in Zakura area on the outskirts of Srinagar, the spokesman said.
He said there were stone-pelting incidents at Ompora and Galwanpora-Hyderpora in Budgam district, Pandach, Soura, Tangpora, Channapora and Kralipora in Srinagar, Bazipora-Ajas in Bandipora, Ticker and Magam in Kupwara, Palhallan and Pattan in Baramulla and Gulshanabad and General Bus Stand in Anantnag.
Police fired warning shots, burst teargas shells and used batons at several places to restore law and order, the sources said adding none was hurt in the clashes.
Barring parts of Srinagar, there was no curfew in any part of the Valley, the police spokesman said.
“The areas falling under police stations of Nowhatta, Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Khanyar and Qamarwari police division have been placed under curfew,” the spokesman said.
The hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference had asked people to march to Eidgah graveyard in Safakadal area to press for resolution of Kashmir issue and to pay tributes to those killed in the Valley over the past 20 years.
Elsewhere in Kashmir Valley, normal life was disrupted due to a strike called by the hardline Hurriyat faction.
Shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed on account of the strike. Public transport was off the roads but private vehicles plied as usual.