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Curfew in Valley after youth’s death in police firing, probe ordered

Protests broke out in north Kashmir after police opened fire on a group of protesters at Naidkhai, killing a Class X student and injuring two others.

Srinagar | Published: March 16, 2014 3:35:54 am
Family members at Ahmad’s funeral on Saturday. Family members at Ahmad’s funeral on Saturday.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the police firing at Naidkhai in which an 18-year-old youth was killed.

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has also taken suo motu cognisance of the death of youth. Curfew and restrictions were imposed in the old part of the town, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipore and a few localities in Sonwari in a bid thwart protesters.

JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatist leaders were also put under house arrest.

The police has already registered an open FIR in the case. Deputy Commissioner Bandipore Shah Faesal said a probe has been ordered into the incident and it will be conducted by the local Additional Deputy Commissioner.

Meanwhile, SHRC acting chairman Rafiq Fida has taken the suo motu cognisance of the incident and directed the J&K’s director general of police to file factual report about the incident.

The panel has also summoned father of the deceased youth for recording the statement about the incident.

Friday evening, protests broke out in north Kashmir after police opened fire on a group of protesters at Naidkhai, killing a Class X student and injuring two others.

Locals said that IRP personnel, guarding the house of Higher Education Minister Akbar Lone were involved in the firing incident. A police spokesperson,  said a mob attacked a security force vehicle and to disperse the agitators the  personnel fired in air.

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