At least four persons were killed and several injured in fresh clashes in the Valley Tuesday as security forces battled protesters in Budgam and Anantnag districts, raising the death toll to 62 in the unrest following the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Normal life in the Valley remained paralysed for the 39th consecutive day due to curfew, restrictions and a separatist-sponsored strike.
Three persons were killed and five others injured in Aripathan area of Magam in Budgam district when security forces opened fire on protesters who hurled stones at a CRPF vehicle, a police officer said. The dead have been identified as Javaid Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad and Mohammad Ashraf.
At Janglat Mandi in Anantnag district, five persons were injured when security forces opened fire to disperse stone-pelting youths. Police said said one of the injured, Amir Yousuf, later died of injuries.
Curfew remained in force in entire Srinagar district and Anantnag town while restrictions were in place in rest of the Valley. Police said the curbs were imposed to thwart plans of separatists to organise a sit-in protest.
Schools, colleges and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off the roads due to the strike called by the separatists. Attendance in government offices was thin. Internet and mobile services across the Valley remained suspended.
Meanwhile, Lt Gen S K Dua met Governor N N Vohra and briefed him about the situation in the Valley.
An official spokesman said Lt Gen Dua called on Vohra at Raj Bhavan and briefed him about the internal and external security situation and the Army’s preparedness to deal with any arising exigency.
The meeting came a day after Army foiled a major infiltration bid in the Uri sector of Baramulla district, killing five militants.
On Monday, militants carried out an attack in Nowhatta locality which left a CRPF officer and two militants dead, while 11 CRPF and policemen were injured.
CRPF Inspector General Atul Karwal also called on the Governor and briefed him about the internal security situation in the state.