|Rediff India Abroad Home | All the sections|
Discuss | Email | Print | Get latest news on your desktop
5 injured in J&K violence
Mukhtar Ahmed in Srinagar | August 05, 2008 12:42 IST
Last Updated: August 05, 2008 16:21 IST
Curfew was relaxed on Tuesday for three hours in Jammu and Udhampur, but remained in force in three other districts in the region where it was imposed on August one following agitation over the Amarnath land transfer issue.
The Jammu and Kashmir [Images] Liberation Front chairman, Yasin Malik began an indefinite hunger strike in Srinagar [Images] on Tuesday, even as violent protests erupted again in parts of summer capital Srinagar.
Malik sat on an indefinite fast with two dozen supporters at the uptown Maisuma headquarters of the JKLF against what he called "the targeting of the minority community in Jammu region and harassment of local drivers."
Malik had on Monday. announced his decision to start an indefinite fast saying, "Kashmiri drivers were being harassed in the Jammu region."
At least five persons were injured on Tuesday in stone-pelting and fresh violence in Srinagar city over the Amarnath land row as tension prevailed in the Kashmir valley in the wake of the death of a youth in police action. Police lobbed teargas shells to quell stone-throwing protesters in Maisuma locality where the youth was killed on Monday after being hit by a teargas shell.
Meanwhile, a magisterial inquiry was ordered into the police firing in Jammu region's Samba district in which two persons were killed and 18 others were injured during a protest rally on the Amarnath issue on Monday.
The probe was ordered in the wake of allegations by the Shri Amarnath Sangrash Samiti that the SSP took an AK rifle from his personal security officer after being hit by a stone and fired on the protestors. The Samiti has demanded dismissal of the SSP and his immediate arrest.
Indicating that the union government is concerned over the situation that is developing in Jammu region, the team stressed the need for handling the situation in such a manner that life and property of the people are fully protected and no element is allowed to exploit the situation.
It said that communal harmony must be maintained at all costs and it must be ensured that the minorities do not feel insecure, according to an official statement.
Email | Print | Get latest news on your desktop