Clashes in Old Baramulla

SRINAGAR: Clashes erupted in Old Town Baramulla on Thursday against the arrest of alleged stone pelters by police.

Reports said that scores of youth from Old town appeared at Khanpora and Cement bridges this morning and attacked the CRPF and police personnel deployed in large numbers there. The forces lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. However, the defiant protesters continued their attacks on the deployments. The clashes continued till late evening.

Earlier, forces had blocked all the five bridges with barbed wire fearing protests against the arrest of the youth.

At least two dozen youth have been arrested by police from Friday last week for their alleged involvement in stone pelting.

Elsewhere in the town, the situation was normal with shops, business establishments, schools and financial institutions open, while traffic was also plying normally. 

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