Evening clashes rock Baramulla, Sopore, 25 hurt

‘2 persons sustained bullet wounds’

SOPORE: At least 25 persons, including polling staff, policemen and paramilitary CRPF personnel were injured during late evening clashes at several parts of north Kashmir.

Reports said that dozens of buses carrying poll staff and paramilitaries were attacked by protesters with stones at Arampura, Amargadh, Zainageer, Seelu, Noorbagh, Dangerpora, Sangrama areas of Sopore and Azad Gunj, Delina, Dangiwatchi areas of Baramulla and Papchan Kaloosa, Wangam, Shahgund, Sumbal, and Qazipora areas of Bandipore. 

Some 30 vehicles suffered damage in the attack, thee reports said. 

Police and CRPF deployed in these areas and the security men guarding the polling staff opened fire and fired tear gas shells to disperse the agitated mobs, reports said.

In the firing incident at Arampura and Main Chowk in Sopore, two persons sustained bullet wounds in their legs, they said.

Both the injured were shifted to SDH Sopore where their condition was said to be stable, they said.

“A Sub-Inspector of Police, Incharge SHO Sopore Afaq Ahmad, his PSO Mukhtar Ahmad, a civilian Hilal Ahmad and five CRPF men were injured in the stone hurling attacks”, official sources told GNS.

Similar clashes were also reported from Baramulla areas which include Delina, Azad Gunj, Palhallan and several other volatile parts connecting Baramulla- Srinagar National High way.

“More than 15 polling officials and CRPF men received injuries during the stone throwing attacks in these areas”, sources said.

Fearing any major trouble, authorities immediately called reinforcement of CRPF and SOG to the volatile areas of Sopore, Baramulla and Bandipore for smooth ferrying of polling staff to their destinations. (GNS)

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