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Protests, shutdown in Baramulla

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 10: Security forces fired tear smoke shells on protesters in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district where youth demanding shifting of an Army camp pelted stones on them.
The township observed strike against the presence of 46 RR Army camp in old town. “We had met District Development Commissioner a month ago in this regard and he had assured us that within a month, the Army will be re-located. Since the deadline passed on Wednesday and we called for 10 days strike in the district”, said a protester.
Shops, business establishments, petrol stations and educational institutions remained closed while transport was off the roads in the town. To prevent clashes all the important bridges in the town were sealed. Large contingents of police and CRPF was deployed in the town while concertina wires were laid on roads to restrict the movement of the people.
People alleged that 46 RR personnel shot a youth Tahir Ahmed Sofi last month after which people demanded the relocation of the Army camp.
In the meantime, a police spokesman said that they received an information regarding a skirmish in Shivpora locality in Srinagar where an NGO is running a small school. The police party was sent to the spot and it brought the situation under control. Nobody has got injured. Police is looking into the matter.


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