Kashmir unrest: One killed, 70 injured in Valley protests

Defying restrictions, people in various parts of Kashmir take to streets, raise pro-freedom slogans.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: August 22, 2016 1:24:20 am
kashmir, kashmir clashes, kashmir news, fresh kashmir clashes, kashmir protests, kashmir protest deaths, kashmir latest news, india news Protesters throw stones as security forces lob teargas shells at them, in Srinagar on Sunday. (Source: AP)

A civilian was killed in Srinagar and at least 70 people were injured in different parts of the Valley as security forces clashed with protesters Sunday.

A youth was killed after being hit by a teargas shell in Sarafkadal in old Srinagar city. The victim, Irfan Ahmad (26) , was hit directly in his chest.

Ahmad, a resident of Fatehkadal in Srinagar, was rushed to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital where he succumbed, taking the death toll since July 8 to 67.

Defying curfew and security restrictions, which continued for the 44th consecutive day, people in different parts of the Valley took to the streets Sunday raising pro-freedom slogans. At least 70 people were injured across the Valley, of whom 60 were injured at Behrampora village of Rafiabad Sunday.

“We have received 60 injured at our hospital… Most of the injured were hit by pellets. One of them was hit in his eye. We have referred nine injured to District Hospital Baramulla,” Block Medical Officer (BMO) Dangiwacha Dr Maqbool Ahmad told The Indian Express.

As news of the incident spread, villagers said, announcements were made from local mosques asking people to come out on the streets and protest.

At Trumgund village in north Kashmir’s Sopore, nine people were injured. In south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, two protesters received pellet injuries in Mominabad. One of the injured, a 21-year-old BTech student, was hit in his eyes and was referred to Srinagar.

While detailing the situation Sunday, the J&K government said that three stone-pelting protests were held in the Valley.

“According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters, Kashmir, three incidents of stone-pelting were reported from Ganderbal and Sopore. These incidents were reported from Kangan in Ganderbal, Trumgund and Behrampora in Sopore. The miscreants assembled on roads and pelted stones on police and security forces,” the government said in a release. “The statement further said adding apart from these incidents, the situation remained under control across the Valley till the filing of this report. The restrictions under section 144/CrPC remained in force in the Valley. However, curfew was imposed in the Srinagar city, town Anantnag and Pampore only,” it added.

Meanwhile, a “freedom” rally was held at Parigam village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where a large number of people gathered and raised pro-freedom slogans. Another big rally was held at Chitragam village of Shopian, which was addressed over the telephone by Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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