Srinagar: One person was killed and 20 others, including 10 policemen, were wounded when security forces opened fire to quell violence in a north Kashmir village Saturday.
A senior police officer said security forces had to open fire after an unruly mob, protesting against the alleged desecration of a mosque by troops at Zirhama, 110 km from here in Kupwara district, indulged in stone pelting Saturday afternoon.
"The mobs heavily stoned the police resulting in injuries to 10 cops. The police used teargas and batons initially to disperse the protesting villagers who were joined by students. However, the protesters later tried to attack the nearby security force camp in the village," said a senior police officer here."The security forces opened fire resulting in on the death of one civilian on the spot while 10 others received injuries. The injured were taken to various hospitals," he said.Thousands of villagers took to streets in Zirhama after the news about alleged desecration of the village mosque by troops spread like a wild fire Saturday morning.The protesters, shouting anti-government slogans, blocked traffic and this led to tension in adjoining villages. Shopkeepers pulled down their shutters in Zirhama and adjoining villages.Authorities have ordered an inquiry in to the incident.