Cops injured in clashes

She said that PM appears amenable to holding talks with stake holders in a bid to arrest the deteriorating situation in the Valley. Shouting pro-azaadi slogans they pelted stones on the police and security forces detachments.

India-administered Kashmir has been tense since April 9, when eight people were killed by police and paramilitaries during election day violence.

Several leaders of the PDP have expressed fear that their base in Kashmir is fast eroding because of the party's alliance with BJP and its stance on the protests.

Police fired live rounds as well as tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse the protesters as shoppers fled the violence and retailers shut down for the day.

He said some students indulged in stone-pelting following which policemen and other security forces used batons to chase them away.

Intense clashes between groups of students and the security forces erupted outside a Srinagar school on Monday morning and soon spread to the City's commercial hub Lal Chowk (Red Square) and its neighbourhood.

Among the injured were Senior Superintendent of Police (Srinagar) Imtiyaz Hussain Parray and Superintendent of Police Sheikh Faisal, a police officer said. The miscreants along with some students blocked MA road because of which hundreds of vehicles got stranded on this ever busy road and adjacent chowks.

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The students demonstrating Thursday had been protesting a police raid on a college less than two weeks earlier in the town of Pulwama, in the Indian-governed portion of the disputed and divided Himalayan region.

"Some boys involved in stone-pelting were caught on the spot and detained by police", the spokesman said, adding the mob was dispersed and normalcy restored in the area. Students and some police personnel sustained injuries in the clashes. Fumes from the tear-smoke shells hung in the air till evening.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, also working president of the National Conference, posted the image of a volley-ball carrying girl hitting a police vehicle to make a point on growing anger in J&K.

The injured person was shifted to hospital for treatment. Due to heavy clashes and protests, the shopkeepers in nearly all the Lal Chowk markets including MA Road, Maisuma, Budshah Chowk and Residency Rood downed their shutters.

Students wanted to protest against the atrocities inflicted on them allegedly by police during the recent unrest in the Valley.

A possible strategy to deal with the challenges arising out of the increasing incidents of stone pelting on the security personnel was also discussed at the meeting, they said.


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