2 more die as protests rage in Kashmir


Yahoo News | Aug 21, 2010 | 10:45 AM

Despite a daylong ‘deal’ between the shutdown by separatists and the revocation of curfew by the authorities for the day, the Kashmir valley witnessed protests and violence on Friday that left one civilian dead. A civilian, Nazir Ahmad Wani (22), was killed when the police opened fire at protestors at Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, 65 km south of Srinagar. Hundreds of people took to the streets at Bijbehara town, near the National Highway, and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. “The protestors tried to set ablaze the Bijbehara Police station and the Sub Divisional Police Officer’s office. The police used teargas and cane-charge to disperse the mob,” a police statement said. “The mob did not relent and tried to set the police station and the SDPO office on fire by throwing petrol bombs. The policemen inside the police station had to fire some rubber pallets in self defense,” he added.

This triggered more protests and more deployment was sent to the area to control the situation. Most towns observed shutdown in south Kashmir protesting against the killing. In north Kashmir’s Sopore town, 55 km north of Srinagar, a civilian, Mudasir Ahmad (18), who received bullet injuries on Thursday, succumbed in a Srinagar hospital late Thursday night. A CRPF spokesman said the paramilitary personnel led by company commander DK Dass opened fire using the Pump Action Shotgun – a weapon that fires several pallets simultaneously – after protestors attacked them with bottles. “The officer (Dass) didn’t allow his men to open fire. He (Dass) himself used the Pump Action Shotgun, which is a non-lethal weapon,” said CRPF, spokesman Prabhakar Tripathi. The police, however, registered a case under section 302 (attempt to murder) against CRPF for killing the teenage boy. A police officer confirmed to HT the lodging of the FIR on the condition of anonymity. There have been more than six deaths in Sopore since June 11.Meanwhile, markets in most parts of the valley remained opened as separatists withdrew shutdown call for people to purchase essentials. However, there were reports of stone throwing on Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag.

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3 comments

  1. fayaz ahmad

    chidambarm says that”militents were among mass protesters in kashmir”is sent percent wrong as there are no militants among these mass protesters perhaps india plans massive destruction of kashmiri present generation,may b they may plan to use light and heavy machine guns to shoot the peacefull prostests by announcing such wrong statements as india has been failed to control the situation so they may finalize it by giving it the name of militancy,out of recent 60 deaths no one was militent…!!

  2. fayaz ahmad

    whole kashmir valley is in anger almost all the major and minor towns and villages are taking part in anti indian protests and secrifice their life/health/wealth/respect/job/future,and much more in the present freedom struggle but it is shameful and shameful many a times for people of Karnah,Pahalgam,Aishmuqam,Saller-Kuller as at this very movement the are showing their pro-indian policies and are not taking part in freedom struggle of kashmir as quit jammu and kashmir movement.shame …..!!!

  3. fayaz ahmad

    a shameful stem of indian democracy is that it has made restrictions on print and electronic media and directed the media not to make any kind of impartial report/news/coverage of kashmiri protests how much force would india use but india must know it cool mindedly that it has to announce free kashmir very soon,what kind of fear was 8 yr old boy of qaimoh Anantnag for indian national integrity.such a secrifice encourages every kashmiri to b free very soon INSHA ALLAH,…..!!!

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