Curfew Reimposed In Anantnag After Fresh Troubles3 July 2010
Times of India
Srinagar: Police fired in the air, lobbed teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse stone-pelting protesters during two-hour curfew relaxation in old Anantnag town on Saturday even as authorities imposed curfew in two more areas of Trehgam and Kupwara towns. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, meanwhile, appointed Anantnag additional district magistrate GM Dar to probe the June 29 firing in SK Colony, Anchidora in which three people were killed. Barring uptown areas of Srinagar, curfew continued in Baramulla, Mattan, Bijbehara, Dooru, Kokernag, Achhabal in Anantnag, Qaimoh in Kulgam and Pulwama districts. Trouble started soon after authorities announced three-hour relaxation in curfew in Anantnag town on Saturday morning. However, the relaxation was withdrawn as people took to streets in Lal Chowk and Sherpora areas of the town and pelted stones on law enforcing agencies, police said. The protesters were demanding immediate arrest of security personnel responsible for the killing of three youths in the town. They alleged the youths were killed after they were dragged out from their houses. As the demonstrators were marching towards the main chowk, security forces resorted to lathicharge and lobbed teargas shells, the police said. Security forces also fired several rounds in the air to disperse demonstrators. Meanwhile, hardline Hurriyat Conference announced that school boys will take out protest march in Srinagar on Monday, while girl students would take out procession on Tuesday. Mass protests would be held on Wednesday, it said. Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission postponed exams scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. 'The examinations and screening tests scheduled for July 3 and July 4 have been postponed,' the commission said.