Clashes in Kashmir over Udhampur truck attack


Srinagar: Clashes erupted in parts of Srinagar on Monday over an attack on a truck in Udhampur, as a shutdown called by the separatists affected life across the Kashmir Valley.

Group of youths pelted stones at police and paramilitary forces in many areas of the old city Srinagar, forcing the security forces to baton-charge and lob tear gas shells to disperse the agitated youths.

Protestors kept on re-grouping and clashes were on in the old city areas of Bohri Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Rajouri Kadal and adjoining areas in the afternoon.

Security forces were deployed in strength in the old city and sensitive areas of the Kashmir province (comprising the districts of Srinagar, Badgam, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kupwara, Baramulla, Leh and Kargil districts) to pre-empt any untoward incident.

On Friday night, some miscreants had lobbed a petrol bomb at a valley-bound truck at Udhampur on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, leaving two people in the truck with burn injuries. The truck driver, however, managed to escape from the assailants.

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