Clashes in Kashmir
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SRINAGAR — Massive clashes erupted between youth and government forces after the forces attempted to arrest a local youth in Poniwah village in Bugam area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Reports reaching here said that on Friday evening, the forces laid a siege to few houses in Poniwah village and tried to arrest a local youth who is said to be a religious cleric.

According to locals, the youth was evading arrest from last one year.

As the news spread, youth assembled and took to streets and started pelting stones on government forces which was retaliated by smoking tear gas and sound shells, they said.

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As per reports, several youth have got injured. However, it was not immediately confirmed by officials.

Meanwhile, one Army man was also injured during the incident, reports added.

More forces have been rushed to the spot and clashes were on when this report was filed.

An official while denying the reports that they had to arrest any youth said that they had inputs about the presence of militants in the area that is why area was cordoned off.

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