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Student's death triggers angry protests
Srinagar | June 24, 2006 10:15:06 PM IST
 
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More than 5,000 people took out angry protests in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday over the killing of a student, allegedly in a firing by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

A senior police officer said the angry villagers marched to north Kashmir's Pattan town shouting anti-government slogans and later torching the police station as the news of the death of Tariq Ahmad Sofi, a class 12 student, spread in the town.

Tariq, police said, died when guerrillas fired at the motorcade of a deputy inspector general of CRPF and the officer's guards fired back at Palhallan town in Baramulla district, 35 km from here.

The mob blocked traffic on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway as they pelted stones on the police and passing vehicles.

The unruly protesters also and pelted stones on the police station building forcing the police to respond by firing in the air.

The security forces cane-charged and used tear gas to chase away the protestors who later stormed the police station building and set it on fire.

"The situation is tense. More paramilitary and police reinforcements were rushed to the spot to control the scene," said a senior police officer here.

(IANS)

 

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