J&K Ramban killings: Fresh violence erupts, over 30 hurt

Last Updated: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 21:09

Srinagar: Over 30 people, including 15 security personnel, were injured as fresh pitched battles between youths, protesting the killing of four civilians in BSF firing in Ramban district, and police erupted at several places in curfew-bound Kashmir Valley on Saturday.

Police fired teargas shells and rubber bullets and swung batons to quell violence as clashes took place at a number of places in Bandipora, Baramulla, Shopian, Kulgam and Budgam, officials said.

Protesters hurled stones at police who chased them, they said adding 32 people, including 15 police and CRPF personnel, were injured in the fresh violence.

A police spokesman put the number of those injured at 17 -- 15 securitymen and two civilians. He said the injured were in stable condition.

The situation was by and large peaceful in the entire Valley, the spokesman said. Nearly 100 people, 65 of them police and CRPF personnel, were injured since yesterday in clashes sparked by the killing of four people in Ramban in firing by the BSF.

Curfew, clamped in the wee hours yesterday, remained in force in all areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara and Sopore towns, the officials said.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti flayed the state government alleging it was using brute force against the protesters.

"The government is punishing everybody in the state for its own incompetence and atrocities," she said in a statement here.

The PDP president alleged the unleashing of force to punish peaceful mourners and protesters had become a standard practice for the government.

She said the state government had totally abdicated its responsibilities and given the charge of its survival and silencing of people to police.

"It is mockery of a democratic system that the people have been threatened with continued curfew and restrictions as response to the call for protests," Mehbooba said.

"The situation is a direct result of coalition government`s complete dependence on police and security forces after its failure on every other front of governance," she said.
The PDP president alleged a delegation of her party led by general secretary Thakur Balbir Singh was not allowed to visit the firing victims.
"Our delegation was going only to visit the families of the victims and convey the party`s condolence but the government is feeling threatened even by such routine gestures of sympathy from opposition parties," she said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 21:09

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