SRINAGAR: At least 12 persons were injured as police fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse stone-pelting mobs protesting the continued
detention of separatist leaders here on Friday.
Shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, scores of youth took to streets at Kawdara in downtown Srinagar shortly after Friday prayers and indulged in stone-pelting on police and paramilitary personnel, official sources said.
Police fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse the mob, which spread to adjoining Rajouri Kadal and Naidkadal areas, the sources said.
They said 12 persons, including five policemen were injured in the clashes.
Meanwhile, eight activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TEH), founded by chairman of the hard-line faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, were taken into preventive custody when they tried to stage a march in the heart of the city in protest against the house arrest of their leader.
Demanding immediate release of Geelani, who was placed under house-arrest on March 30, several activists of the TEH assembled at Partap Park and tried to stage a march, the sources said.
Police tried to restrain the protesters and took eight of them, including district president and former militant commander General Moosa and Imtiyaz Ahmad respectively into preventive custody, the sources said.