Scores of protesters were injured in clashes in Kashmir on Monday, triggered by rumours that the Supreme Court was hearing petitions challenging Article 35A, which defines the State subject laws.

The rumours were fuelled by a fresh petition submitted by a right-wing activist, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, before the court on Monday, which was listed for admission in the afternoon. The court adjourned the petition.

The confusion, however, sparked spontaneous protests and shutdown in large parts of the Valley. Markets were closed, schools shut and public transport halted in all districts, including Srinagar.

Protesters clashed with security forces in Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Julgam and Baramulla.

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