Srinagar: In a sudden flare-up of violence
in Kashmir today, 17 people, including a policeman, were
killed and over 70 injured with mobs torching several
government properties and a school, some of the trouble
triggered by a TV report alleging desecration of the Quran in
The state cabinet, which met this evening, condemned the
alleged act of desecration and made a fervent appeal to the
people not to take law in their own hands.
In New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voiced
concern over the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. He also
sought to reach out to the people in the state, saying their
grievances have to be addressed and promised talks within the
Indian Constitution with those who abjure violence.
Five persons were killed and more than 20 injured in
firing by security forces at Tangmarg, 45km from Srinagar, in
Baramulla district after protesters went on a rampage setting
ablaze a private school, run by a minority educational group,
following the report of desecration.
DGP Kuldeep Khoda said 41 persons were seriously injured
and they included 2 SPs one of whom was airlifted from
Bandipora to Srinagar.
He said a mob torched a Block Development Office, court
chamber, tehsildar`s official vehicle and residence, social
welfare office, patwari office and two huts of tourism
The agitators then attacked a police station and tried
to ransack it, prompting the security forces to fire at them.
While two youths Muddasir Ahmad Parray and Abdul Majid
were declared dead at the nearby Magam Sub District Hospital,
another youth succumbed to injuries at a city hospital here.
He has been identified as Abdul Qayoom, officials at the
Two injured youths, identified as Afaq Ahmad Khan and
Tariq Ahmad Ganai, were declared dead on arrival at a city
Another mob attacked a security forces camp at Humhama
in Budgam district, prompting retaliatory fire in which two
In Charar-e-Sharief, protesters pelted stones at a
CRPF camp, Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Rafi Ahmed said. The
CRPF personnel resorted to firing to disperse the mob. Seven
persons were injured one of whom succumbed to his injuries.
A woman died on the spot when she was hit by a stray
bullet inside her residential compound at Ompora in Budgam.
A policeman, Devender Singh, was killed when he was
run over by a vehicle while chasing a stone-pelting mob also
In another clash in Bandipora, one person was killed
and two others injured when security forces opened fire to
quell a stone-pelting mob, police said.
Three persons lost their lives in clashes in Pampore
town of Pulwama district and other parts of the Valley while a
youth injured in firing allegedly by security forces succumbed
A teenaged boy was killed and another critically injured
when security forces allegedly opened fire to disperse a
stone-pelting mob in Anantnag district of South Kashmir late
in the evening, police sources said.
Aaqib Ahmad Wagay and Firdous Ahmad were hit by bullets
when security forces opened fire in self-defence after their
vehicle was attacked by a stone-pelting mob near Lazibal, 60
kms from here, the sources said. Both the injured youth were
taken to hospital where Wagay was declared dead.