The injured were part of a patrol party moving along the LoC when they inadvertently stepped on an old mine, sources said. There are mines in areas along the LoC which were laid even during 1965 war, sources said.
As the administration swung into action against Devender Singh Behal and others present in the meeting, the joint action committee (JAC) spearheading the agitation for district status came under pressure and reached for negotiations.
In the wake of the agitation, the state government had Friday decided to appoint separate Additional Deputy Commissioners for Nowshera, Sunderbani and Kalakote subdivisions, but this did not satisfy the protesters.
Protests have been going on in the Nowshera town in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district for the last one and a half months demanding that the Nowshera, Kalakote and Sunderbani towns in the border belt be made districts.
Identified as Rohit Kohli, a member of the joint action committee, spearheading the 33-day-long agitation in Nowshera, he took everybody by surprise when he suddenly sprinkled kerosene on himself and tried to set himself afire in the afternoon.
Agitators say Nowshera deserves to be a district as it was a niabat of Mirpur district (now in Pakistan) in 1934 and had a municipal committee in 1938. After Partition, it was made part of Poonch district and later put under Rajouri district, which became a tehsil in 1958