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J&K: 30 injured in clashes after Twenty20 final
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September 25, 2007 12:19 IST
Last Updated: September 25, 2007 14:03 IST

Members of two communities clashed after India's victory over Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday night, leaving 30 people injured in Rajouri border town and forcing authorities to impose prohibitory orders in the area.

Superintendent of police, Rajouri, was among the four security personnel injured in the incident in which police had to fire in the air to quell the mob.

Paramilitary forces and police are patrolling sensitive areas in view of the tension prevailing in the city, official sources said on Tuesday.

Giving details about the incident, they said some persons belonging to a community pelted stones on a group of people bursting crackers at the chowk in old Rajouri city late on Monday night.

Some youth, who were dancing to celebrate the victory, were injured. Irate youth charged back and attacked that group resulting in clashes which spread to two-three places in the city, they said.

As the situation turned grim, police and para-military intervened, but they too were subjected to stone-pelting causing injuries to Superintendent of Police T R Katoch, station house officer Tejinder Singh, police post in-charge Pushpinder Singh and Central Reserve Police Force Constable Amit Kumar.

Police later fired several shots in the air to separate the clashing groups and defuse tension, they said adding, nearly 23 persons were injured in the stone-pelting by both sides.

Shutters and sign boards of several shops were damaged by the mob, they said adding, the situation was brought under control.

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