DIG Kashmir ordered to hold inquiry into Maisuma incident

J-K government had ordered a probe into the Maisuma unrest and asked DIG of Police,Kashmir to hold an inquiry into the clashes.

Written by Majid Jahangir | Srinagar | Published: February 11, 2009 4:11:49 pm

J-K government had ordered a probe into the Maisuma unrest on Tuesday and asked Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police,Kashmir to hold an inquiry into the clashes that erupted after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) allegedly roughed up some shopkeepers.

At least one dozen people,including few para military troopers were injured during the clashes that erupted in volatile Maisuma locality on Tuesday afternoon. The protesters were demanding removal of a CRPF bunker from the locality and the roughing up of some shopkeepers.

A police spokesman in Srinagar said that in the wake of an altercation between Police,CRPF and some protestors at Maisuma and Budshah Chowk which resulted in law and order problem for few hours,a meeting of respectable people and shopkeepers was held by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and IGP Kashmir.

“The elders,respectable people and shopkeepers expressed their concern about today’s development and sought the intervention of local administration,” the spokesman said. “In the meeting,the residents were assured of a detailed enquiry to be conducted by DIG,Kashmir who will thoroughly probe into the matter.”

Police sources said that DIG has been asked to submit the report as early as possible.

The police spokesman said that the residents were also assured that local police deployment will be extensive at Maisuma and Budshah Chowk areas as it will help in promoting better police-public relations

On Tuesday,the situation in Maisuam had turned tense when security forces fired warning shots in the air and resorted to baton-charge to disperse the protesters who also damaged some CRPF vehicles. The firing had created panic in city centre and other areas of Srinagar and people ran for cover.

A CRPF spokesman in Srinagar said that two of its vehicles were damaged by the protesters on Tuesday. “Three of our men were also injured in the stone pelting by the protesters,” CRPF spokesperson Prabhakar Tripathi said. “We don’t know who fired in the air but few gun shots were heard.”

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