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17 injured in Srinagar protests

While the day was by and large peaceful, pitched battles were reported between police and protesting mobs in north Kashmir Baramulla and Sopore towns in which not less than 17 persons including some cops were reported injured.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 28, 2008, 05.19 AM IST
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SRINAGAR: Police personnel and paramilitary forces enforced an informal curfew on Monday morning in Srinagar to thwart separatists��� human-chain protest plan. Moderate cleric Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, supposed to attend the protest, was kept under house arrest as security men blocked almost every lane and road in the city.

Though the anniversary of Indian Army���s arrival here has remained a strike day in separatists��� calendar since militancy broke out in 1988, this was for the first time that severe restrictions were imposed by the government.

A couple of lawyers made a bid to come out from the deserted court premises in Lal Chowk but were immediately detained. Kashmir Bar Association that had floated the human chain idea for Monday has said it would meet soon fix another date for this protest.

While the day was by and large peaceful, pitched battles were reported between police and protesting mobs in north Kashmir Baramulla and Sopore towns besides Safakadal and Batamaloo localities in which not less than 17 persons including some cops were reported injured.

���There is no curfew,��� a senior police officer told ET. ���People are actually observing the strike.���
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