Police use tear smoke shells after group clashes in Pattan
Pattan: Police fired tear smoke shells after alleged group clashes in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.
Sources said that four persons including a policeman were injured after some people pelted stones on police at Gund Khawaja Qasim Pattan near Imambara.
“There was a religious function. One group tried to lead it while another group raised objections. This led to clashes and during the brawl some people pelted stones on police when they tried to disperse them,” said a local on condition of anonymity.
Police used several tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
A police official said that there were apprehensions that clashes may take place and that is why they had imposed restrictions. He said that some people resorted to stone-pelting when police tried to bring the situation under control after two groups clashed with each other.
Pertinently, police barred Abid Hussain Ansari from taking part in that religious function and placed him under house arrest.
Meanwhile, police has booked at least thirty persons for allegedly violating the restrictions that were put in place and ransacking public property including a Masjid, thereby creating law and order situation.
Police sources said that at least thirty people were booked under FIR number 274/2020 under sections 307,145,148 and 149 in police station Pattan for violating restrictions that were put in place to prevent people from attending the religious gathering in view of Covid-19 pandemic.
Local sources said that the incident took place after a religious function was organized in which two groups clashed with each other and police tried to control the situation that was followed up by clashes in the area after some people resorted to stone pelting.
Sources said that the personal driver of a former MLA is among the thirty people booked by police.
Among the dozens booked, four people including three cops of Jammu and Kashmir Police have been detained at Police Station Pattan. (with inputs from KNT)