SRINAGAR: Curfew continued in the Pulwama town and adjoining areas for the second day on Saturday, even as clashes between forces and protestors broke out in some places despite the clampdown.
Having been confined indoors with heavy deployments on Friday when at least eight persons were injured in forces firing on violent protests following an encounter, townsfolk woke up today to find streets and lanes under large numbers of police and paramilitary men.
Some who ventured out from interior areas were sternly warned to return indoors, and loudspeaker-mounted police vans later went round the town announcing that curfew continued to remain in force.
Clashes broke out in the Maran Chowk, Rajpora Chowk and nearby areas when groups of youth trying to take out processions during curfew were cane-charged.
According to reports, the crowds replied with stone-pelting, prompting the forces to fire tear gas shells.
Though the procession bids were foiled, intermittent clashes continued for hours as groups of youth appeared out of lanes and by-lanes to battle deployed personnel.
There were reports of protestors having been chased away by the forces in a few other localities also.
Two Lashkar-e-Tayyaba militants were killed in the Bubgam village, some twelve kilometres from the town in a several-hour-long gun battle with the army, the paramilitary forces and the police on Friday.
Record statements upto Jan, 05
Additional District Magistrate, Pulwama who has been nominated as Enquiry Officer to probe into the firing incident at Rajpora Chowk, Pulwama has informed that any person/persons having any knowledge or information about the said incident can record their statements or file their affidavits before the Enquiry Officer by or before January 05, 2013 in his office chamber during working hours.
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