At least 12 people, including two policemen, were on Tuesday injured as violent clashes between groups of youth and police rocked different parts of the Kashmir valley during a strike to protest the CBI report in the Shopian case.
Clashes erupted at nearly a dozen places in Srinagar, two places in North Kashmir’s Baramulla and South Kashmir Pulwama town when police stopped hundreds of people from taking out processions.
The strike was called by Majlis-e-Mashawarat, an NGO, against the CBI, which filed its final report in the case before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday.
Ruling out rape and murder of two girls, the CBI attributed their death to drowning on May 30. The agency also filed a charge sheet against 13 persons including doctors and lawyers for allegedly fabricating evidence.
Chanting anti-CBI slogans, groups of youth took to the streets at a dozen places in Srinagar including Bohrikadal, Eidgah, Batmaloo, Natipora, Kawdara, Jamia Masjid, Maisuma, Qammerwari and Barzalla and pelted stones at security forces deployed in strength to maintain law and order.
Police used batons and teargas to control the crowd, the sources said, adding four persons were injured in the clashes.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir Farooq Ahmed said “Stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from some areas but the situation was well under control”.
Shops were closed but transport was plying in some areas.