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2 killed, 10 hurt in Baramulla violence
SRINAGAR, JUN 29 (IANS):
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Published on 29 Jun. 2009 11:10 PM IST
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Two people were killed and ten others wounded in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town Monday where agitated mobs attacked police and paramilitary troops in the wake of an allegation by a woman that she had been harassed inside a police station. Agitated mobs started pelting stones at the police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) contingents in Baramulla town, 54 km from here, Monday morning after a woman alleged she had been harassed inside the local police station there. After batons and tear smoke shells failed to quell the violent protesters who attacked the police station, security forces opened fire to bring the situation under control in which four people sustained bullet injuries. One of the injured persons identified as Saleem Rashid Wani, 24, died on the spot while another critically injured person Tariq Ahmad Malik, 34, died in the hospital in summer capital Srinagar where he had been brought for treatment. Attending doctors in the Soura Medical Institute in Srinagar have described the condition of another injured person as critical. Six other protesters are reported to have suffered minor injuries due to batons and tear smoke shells. Authorities clamped curfew in the town after violent protestors refused to settle down. “Curfew has been clamped in the town to protest public life and property,” a senior police officer said here. Refuting the harassment allegation by the woman, a senior police officer said she had come to the police station seeking the release of her husband who had been picked up in connection with the abduction of a minor girl from the town. “When the woman was told that her husband had been involved in the abduction of a minor girl by his brother-in-law and could only be released after a proper bail from the court, she went out of the police station and started alleging that the station house officer (SHO) had demanded bribe from her for the release of her husband. “Later, she changed her version and said the SHO had asked her to come to his room inside the police station,” a police officer told IANS. Authorities have moved in additional deployments of CRPF and police to enforce curfew restrictions in the town.

 
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