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J&K: Protests erupt as youth killed in firing by security forces

Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency went to polls today amid a boycott call by separatists. Tweet This
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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand near the Jamia mosque during a shutdown following calls by Kashmiri rebels and separatist politicians to boycott the Indian parliamentary elections in Srinagar. (AP) Indian paramilitary soldiers stand near the Jamia mosque during a shutdown following calls by Kashmiri rebels and separatist politicians to boycott the elections in Srinagar. (AP)

A youth was killed and two others were injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to chase away stone-pelting protesters in Srinagar on Wednesday, police sources said.

The protests erupted in Nawa Kadal area in interior of the city when security forces were being withdrawn after poll duty, they said.

Bashir Ahmad Bhat, aged 24, was killed and Nazir Ahmad and Haleema were injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to restore law and order, the sources said.

Ahmad was hit by a bullet and was admitted in Soura Medical Institute in a critical condition.

Haleema, who suffered injuries in pellet fire, was being treated at SMHS hospital, the sources said.

Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency went to polls today amid a boycott call by separatists.

The polling was by and large peaceful but as security forces were being withdrawn, stone-pelting incidents were reported from various parts of the city.

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