Bid to Set Cops House On Fire Foiled

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GANDERBAL:  Agitated youth ransacked the house of a police man and tried to set it on fire in  Ganderbal district a day after Eid, reports reaching here said today. 

The youth also smashed the windowpanes of scores of vehicles including oil tankers and police vehicles.

Police said that scores of youth resorted to stone-pelting and allegedly lobbed a petrol-bomb on a police party, headed by SHO,  Khir Bhawani Mir Imtiyaz and SHO Lar Jaspal Singh, near Barsoo crossing. The petrol bomb, according to reports, exploded with a bang and created panic among policemen, who resorted to heavy tear-smoke shelling. 

Eyewitnesses said violence was sparked following arrest of a youth Owais Ahmed Bhat, resident of Barsoo. The agitated youth assembled near Barsoo crossing, Kurhama and Kondabal and pelted stones on vehicles passing through the area. They were demanding the immediate release of Owais Bhat. 

 Scores of youth marched towards the residence of a policeman Mushtaq Ahmed Baba in Wandhama and ransacked the house. The youth smashed the windowpanes of the house and sprinkled kerosene on it. However, they could not put the house on fire due to timely intervention of locals.

The youth later on unfurled a Pakistani flag on a lofty PDD tower and amid pro-freedom slogans. It was only after the seeking the help from 5 RR personnel and Power Development Department that Pakistani flag was removed from the tower. 

Reports said that several persons including some policemen were injured during the clashes which continued for hours at different places of the town.

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