25 Injured In Srinagar Clash
9 July 2007
Srinagar: At least 25 persons were injured on Monday when police used force to disperse demonstrators in Srinagar downtown protesting the killing of a boy on Friday. A complete strike was observed in the area. Police used teargas shells and resorted to cane charging to disperse angry mobs which took to the streets for the fourth day. Thousands of people gathered in Eidgah Martyr's graveyard to take part in the fourth day ritual of 16-year-old Muntazir Khan. He was killed in a police action on Friday on those protesting alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. The protesters later marched to Khan House shouting anti-India slogans. Among them were leaders of separatist parties, including Yasin Malik and Javed Mir. Police arrived there as these leaders were delivering their speeches. According to witnesses, the protesters were beaten up and teargas shells were burst to disperse them. People complained that police had imposed an undeclared curfew in the Naid Kadal area from where the boy hailed. In the past four days, over 100 people were said to have been injured in clashes between police and the protesters. Srinagar SSP Syed Ahfadul Mujtaba said the police did not use force to disperse the gathering. He said that the protesters erected blockades at many places and indulged in arson.