Srinagar: Several people were injured when security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to aerial firing to disperse demonstrators at Hajin in north Kashmir, protesting after the funeral of two local Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, who were killed in an encounter on Sunday in Srinagar outskirts.
Immediately after the slain militants were buried, some people, mostly youths raising pro-freedom slogans, tried to take out a protest rally at Hajin in Bandipora. However, they were stopped by the security forces and state police personnel, deployed in strength, leading to clashes.
The security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protestors, who were pelting stones. Several protestors were injured during the clashes.
The injured were immediately taken to a local hospital from where some of them were referred to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura.
Three militants, including two locals from Hajin and a Pakistani national, were killed in an 18-hour-long encounter with security forces in Mujgund area in Srinagar outskirts on Sunday.