Truckers death: Protests, clashes leave six injured; police detains JKLF chief Yasin Malik

Srinagar: At least six people were hurt as clashes between protesters and law enforcing agencies rocked some parts of Kashmir for the second day today over the death of Udhampur petrol bomb attack victim Zahid Rasool Bhat.

Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of Srinagar, was among the places on the boil with police detaining five separatist leaders including JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik shortly after they visited the home of the trucker Zahid in Anantnag district.

Yasin Malik arrestedPolice arrests JKLF chairman Mohd Yasin Malik after he tried to defy restrictions and take out a rally, at Batangoo in Anantnag district on Tuesday. Pic/PTI 

Many areas in Anantnag observed spontaneous shutdown for the second day against the death of Zahid and witnessed day-long clashes between angry protesters and the security forces, which left six people injured, police said.

Police said there was no restriction on the movement of people in Anantnag but security personnel were deployed in
sensitive areas to maintain law and order.

Clashes between protesting youth and security forces were reported from Batengoo, the native village of Zahid, as also Goriwan-Bijbehara and Anantnag town and Qoimoh and Khudwani in Kulgam, police said. Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which passes through Anantnag district, is open for traffic, police said.

However, some traffic was diverted from Qazigund towards Srinagar via Devsar, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama as some youth pelted stones on vehicles between Khanabal and Wanpoh crossing. Yasin Malik was detained along with four others shortly after they visited the residence of slain trucker Zahid.

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