Two protesters killed in fresh firing
Despite curfew restriction across the Valley, a massive violence broke out on Friday in many parts of Kashmir that left two protesters, including a teenage boy, dead and over two dozen others injured.
The fresh killings took place in north Kashmir’s Kupwara and south Kashmir’s Kulgam district where protesters clashed with security forces. Teenager Mushtaq Ahmed Ganai was killed when security forces opened fire during clashes in Khumbriyal Kupwara. Six protesters were also injured, including some critically, in the clashes in the district that erupted after the Friday prayers.
Another youth was killed in Yaripora Kulgam. Hospital officials in Kulgam said Sayar Ahmed had received a bullet injury. The police claimed Ahmed died in firing by militants. With the killing of these two protesters, the toll in the violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8 has reached to 39, including one policeman. Over 2,000 people, including security men, have also been injured in the clashes since the last Friday.
Six policeman were wounded when militants tossed a hand grenade towards the Yaripora police station in Kulgam during a protest.
At least two dozen protesters were injured in clashes in Kulgam, Shopian, Sopore, Delina Baramulla, Manigam and Srinagar. The protesters also attacked the house of former lawmaker Rafiq Sheikh in the Shopian , sources said.
Meanwhile, separatists have extended the shutdown call for three more days in Kashmir. The J&K Government had imposed a curfew in all 10 districts of Kashmir to maintain peace on Friday. It had also snapped all private mobile networks in Kashmir. On Thursday evening, a policeman was injured on the outskirts of Parimpora when a mob threw stones at his car. The cop left his car behind and fled from the spot. The car was later set ablaze by the protesters.
No public or vehicular movement, except medical emergencies were allowed in the curfew-hit districts by the police and paramilitary forces, which had been deployed in strength.