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Clashes broke out between the people and government forces on Friday in Shopian district of South Kashmir, after police detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik who had reached the Shopian to lead a peaceful protest against civilian killings.

Reports said that as soon as Malik came out of Jamia Masjid he was arrested by the government forces and lodged in police station Shopian.

Soon after Malik was detained by the police, scores of youth assembled near Jamia Masjid and pelted stones on government forces.

However the forces responded by firing tear gas to disperse the protesters, sources said.

Clashes were going on when this report was being filed.


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