Shutdown, clashes in India-controlled Kashmir town continue for third day

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SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir, Dec 20, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Shutdown and clashes in India-controlled Kashmir's Sopore town continued for the third straight day on Sunday, residents and officials said.

Shops and businesses in Sopore town, 50 km northwest of Srinagar, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir remained closed and traffic was off the roads.

The protest demonstration in the town started Sunday morning with youth raising anti-India slogans demanding removal of paramilitary Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the town.

However, police and CRPF troopers deployed in the town resorted to baton charging and fired tear smoke canisters to quell the protesters. Five people were reported injured.

The police action evoked stone pelting from the irate protesters, mostly young.

On Saturday around 20 people were injured in the protests.

According to locals the paramilitary troopers in the town indulged in beating the locals and ransacked the houses and shops in town following a grenade attack by the suspected militants on their bunker on Friday.

The attack left five paramilitary troopers and a civilian injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, similar clashes broke out in Srinagar today between police and stone pelting youth. Around 10 people were reported injured in the incident.