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PHOTOS: Violence erupts at Afzal Guru's home town

Last updated on: February 9, 2013 17:24 IST

Image: Protestors burning a tyre at Afzal Guru's home town Sopore while protesting against Prime Minister Manmohan singh and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
Photographs: Umar Ganie Mukhtar Ahmad

At least a dozen persons were injured in protestor-security force clashes in the curfew bound Kashmir Valley following the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The curfew and security apparatus was rolled out hours before the execution took place in New Delhi's high security Tihar jail.

The day-long clashes in Guru's home town Sopore and adjoining Baramulla left a dozen persons wounded, three of them critically.

As the news of Guru's hanging spread in Kashmir, angry youth defied curfew restrictions and clashed with police and paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force troopers in full riot-gear.

The clashes continued for most part of the day in Sopore and in Baramulla towns

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Violence erupts at Afzal Guru's home town


Photographs: Umar Ganie

Ghulam Ahmad Khawaja, the deputy commissioner Baramulla told rediff.com that 11 persons were injured during the clashes in which the security forces used tear smoke and baton charges to disperse the violent mobs.

All the injured were hospitalised, Khawaja said.

He, however, denied security forces had opened fire to control the situation in Baramulla town and Doabgah where mobs tried to march to the home of Guru.

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Violence erupts at Afzal Guru's home town


Photographs: Umar Ganie

In Srinagar and other towns, people offered congregational prayers for the executed Guru. One person was injured in clashes in Habbak locality of Srinagar.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party expressed disappointment at Guru's execution.

In a statement, the party said: "We have learnt about the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru with a sense of disappointment. We believe that whatever the requirements of legal process, there was a need for the government to take into consideration the overall political impact of this execution, which is why the option of mercy has been provided under our constitution."

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