Srinagar: Violent clashes erupted in Lawaypora area on city outskirts here after an army vehicle hit and injure motorcyclists including pillion rider on Tuesday morning.
“Twp persons was injured after he was hit by an army vehicle in Srinagar today. A case FIR number 148/2016 under section 279, 337 has been registered in police station Parimpora and investigation has been taken up”, a police spokesman in a statement issued to GNS said.
The motorcyclists identified as Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Aijaz Ahmad Wani, both hailing from Check-e-Kawoosa.The incident occurred when the army vehicle, bearing registration number 14D 19471K, hit them on the along Srinagar-Baramulla Highway near Lawaypora.
Both the injured persons were immediately rushed to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Bemina for treatment where there is condition is stated to be stable.
Soon after the news spread about the incident, a large number of people staged anti-army protest, alleging that the army driver was driving fast. Amid protests, police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the protesters.
The protesters however continued their protest after which police resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling. The protesters retaliated by firing stones and bricks, sparking off violent clashes. Reports said police also resorted to aerial firing. The clashes left several youths injured.
The clashes and protests resulted in heavy traffic jam along the Highway while hundreds of commuters remained stranded for over an hour. The situation later returned to normal as contingents of police were deployed.
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