Srinagar, October 2 :
In the early Sunday morning rioting on Srinagar- Jammu highway , violent mobs set ablaze a truck of Uttar Pradesh at Khudwani in Kulgam district and pelted stones damaging a number of vehicles , forcing the authorities to impose curfew in the area.
The district administration has called in the army to control the situation . The situation is reported to be highly tense.
Reports reaching here said that the villagers, enraged by the night-raid of the police and CRPF in which certain chronic stone pelters and rioters were arrested, took to the highway and stoned and torched everything that came their way. A parked truck was set ablaze and the driver ran for his life. The whereabouts of the truck driver and conductor are not known.
Police denied the allegations of the locals that during the raid any excesses took place.
The police’s raids were to arrest the stone pelters and instigators who have kept the life paralyzed in Kashmir. The clashes between the mobs and the security forces for the past three months have left more than 80 people dead and hundreds others injured.
The clashes had started after the violent protests erupted following the killing of a militant commander in Kokkernag area of South Kashmir on July 8, but later these protests were fuelled by the vested interests and Pakistan in full measure to bring Kashmir in the international spotlight.