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6 persons injured in scuffle in Lolab

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Srinagar: Six persons were injured, three of them critically, after two communities clashed in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, reports said Sunday.

They said that the scuffle took place after cattle strayed into a cannabis cultivation farm.

Quoting locals, news agency GNS reported that the incident took place in Forest Compartment number 40/41 in Nagmari Bomach between two rival communities belonging to Dardpora and Divar Dilbagh Kakkarpati areas.

The news agency quoted one Mohammad Maqbool Chakbari as alleging that the residents of Divar Dilbagh Kakkarpati attacked his community members after several of their cattle strayed into ‘bhang’ (cannabis) cultivation belonging to the former.

“They (Divar Dilbagh Kakkarpati group) attacked us and injured our six persons”, Chakbari said, adding that three of the injured have been referred to District Hospital Baramulla in critical condition.

He identified the injured as Mohammad Yousaf Awan, Mushtaq Ahmad Chugta, Mohammad Maqbool Chugta; Gudi Begum, wife of Riyaz Ahmad; Zainab Noor, wife of Shah Jahan, and Shakeela Begum, wife of Bashir Ahmad Shiekh.

They said they have lodged a complaint at Police Station Lalpora.

A police official said that investigation into the incident is going on.

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