Amid curfew imposed in parts of the Valley on Friday, more than 50 people were injured in clashes with security forces. A youth, who was injured during a protest last Friday, succumbed to his injuries at Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital. The 21-year-old was identified as Basit Mukhtar, from Dolipora village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
A group of people taking part in the funeral of a youth, who Thursday succumbed to injuries sustained in a protest, threw stones at the house of PDP general secretary and CM Mehbooba Mufti’s maternal uncle Sartaj Madni at Nowpora Akhran village in south Kashmir. Fearing protests after Friday prayers, security forces had imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar and in the towns of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla and Handwara.
In south Kashmir’s Dooru village, protesters clashed with forces soon after Friday prayers. Police used pellets and teargas shells to disperse them. Fifteen people were injured. In north Kashmir’s Sopore town, 20 people were injured when police fired pellets and teargas shells.
In Srinagar’s old city, strict curfew had been imposed and the forces sealed all roads with barbed wires. A police spokesperson said: “Stray incidents of stone pelting were reported in a few areas of Srinagar, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Sopore… Sixty-two miscreants were arrested in the last 24 hours.”