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Two killed in Kashmir, curfew in eight towns

Two persons were killed in police firing on violent protesters in the Kashmir Valley even as curfew remained clamped today in eight major towns as a precautionary measure.



Srinagar: Two persons were killed in
police firing on violent protesters in the Kashmir Valley even
as curfew remained clamped today in eight major towns as a
precautionary measure.

While one person was killed when police fired rubber
bullets during a mob attack on Bijbehara police station in
Ananthnag district today, another person died this morning of
injuries sustained in police firing in Chinkipora in Sopore
last evening.

Incidents of stone-pelting were also reported from
Srinagar and Baramulla, it said.

"Curfew is in force in Sopore, Baramulla, Pattan,
Anantnag, Qaimoh, Kulgam, Kupwara and Handwara as a
precautionary measure", police said, adding that the step was
taken in view of apprehension of breach of peace in these
eight towns.

It said there was no curfew or restrictions in force
in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian and Bandipora
districts.

Giving details of the mob attack on Bijbehara police
station, police said the force used teargas shells and
resorted to cane-charge to disperse the agitators. But the
protesters did not relent and tried to set the police station
and the office of Sub Divisional Police Officer on fire by
throwing petrol bombs.

It said the personnel inside the police station fired
rubber bullets in self-defence and as a result two persons
sustained injuries, one of whom died. Some policemen were also
injured, it said.

Police said CRPF troops of 177 battalion were
attacked by the stone-pelting mob when they were withdrawing
after performing their duties at Chinkipora, Sopore, 55 kms
from here, last evening.

The troops opened fire to quell the mob, leaving
three persons injured. A man identified as Mudassir Nazar
succumbed to his wounds in a hospital this morning, it said.

The mob also threw a broken bottle at CRPF Assistant
Commandant, S K Das, leaving him injured, it said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the hardline faction of
Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani was placed under
house arrest this morning as a preventive measure, police
said.

Geelani, who is spearheading the ongoing agitation in
the Valley, was put under house arrest as he was planning to
lead a prayer in Hyderpora.

Shops and business markets, banks, educational
institutions and private offices reopened and all modes of
transport were back on the roads barring the curfew-bound
areas.

The Valley was rocked by violence following the death
of a teenager on June 11 after allegedly being hit by a
teargas shell at Gani Stadium near Rajouri Kadal. After that
street protests broke out in the Valley which has claimed 62
lives so far.

-PTI

From Zee News

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