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Toll rises to 30 as Kashmir continues to simmer amid curfew

A 13-year-old boy Asif Ahmad Bhat of Chitragam in Zainpora Shopian was killed on Sunday evening when security forces opened fire on protesters.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar |
Updated: July 11, 2016 2:15:01 pm
kashmir protests, kashmir violence, burhan wani, burhan wani killing, kashmir burhan wani, kashmir curfew, india news Three days after militant commander Burhan Wani was killed in south Kashmir, strict restrictions continue to remain imposed across Kashmir valley. (Source: Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

As the communication has been partially restored in south Kashmir and the J-K government has started to compile the list of people killed in last three days, the death toll has risen to 30.

The official report has listed 29 civilian protestors and a policeman among the 30 people killed since Friday night after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

On Sunday evening, the police officials had confirmed the death of 21 civilians since Friday night. On Sunday late evening a 13-year-old boy Asif Ahmad Bhat of Chitragam in Zainpora Shopian was killed when security forces opened fire on protestors while a 24-year-old woman Yasmeena Jan succumbed to injuries late on Satturday night.

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The official report puts the death toll in Kulgam and Shopian districts at 12 which was earlier only reported as eight. Officials at District Hospital Kulgam also confirmed that three people were brought dead to hospital on Saturday. The people killed on Saturday, who were not earlier reported include Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Shahid Gulzar, Shahid Hussain Bhat and Bilal Ahmad Shah.

Even as the strict curfew is in place for the third consecutive day, there are reports of people defying the curfew and taking to streets at different places in central and south Kashmir. Kashmir valley erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in an encounter on Friday evening.

While the government imposed curfew in all the major towns and villages of Kashmir, people took to streets in large numbers. The security forces fired bullets and pellets to disperse the protestors resulting in killing of 30 people.

It includes a policeman Afroz Ahmad, who was killed on Sunday when protestors pushed a police mobile bunker vehicle into the river Jehlum at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The police man, the driver of the vehicle, was inside when the protestors pushed the vehicle into the river.

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