At least 20 injured in anti-US protests in J&K
8 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: At least 20 people were injured on Monday in violence and protests against the attacks by the United States and Britain on terrorist targets in Afghanistan, bringing normal life to a standstill in parts of the city.Police fired in the air and used batons and teargas shells to disperse the agitated stone-pelting mobs, official sources said, adding at least 20 persons, including a policeman, were injured in clashes.The demonstrations against military action in Afghanistan were staged by small groups of angry youth at over a dozen places, mostly in downtown Srinagar, official sources said.Protesting the US- led attacks in Afghanistan, the demonstrators took to the streets early on Monday and pelted public and private transport, including taxis, with stones in an attempt to enforce a general strike, the sources said.Policemen, deployed in the sensitive localities as a precautionary measure, had a tough time trying to quell the demonstrators who were raising anti-US and pro-Afghan slogans, they said.The sources said the demonstrations began in Jamia Masjid area including Nowhatta, Bohrikadal, Rajourikadal and quickly spread to areas along the Nalaimar road and some other parts of downtown Srinagar.None of the injured was hit by bullets fired by the police in Jamia Masjid area, Safakadal and Naseembagh, the sources said.