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Fresh clashes in Kashmir leave 13 injured

Curfew was meanwhile imposed in Baramulla and seven police station areas of Srinagar.

Srinagar: Fresh clashes on Tuesday broke out
between locals protesting the killing of youths in alleged
CRPF firing and security forces in parts of Srinagar,
Baramulla and Anantnag districts, leaving 13 people injured.

With violence spreading to more places, curfew was
imposed this morning in parts of Baramulla, Anantnag and seven
police station areas of Srinagar as the situation remained
tense in troubled Sopore in the wake of the protests.

In view of the violence, mobile services in North
Kashmir and SMS service in the entire Valley were blocked
on the instructions of the state government.

With separatists giving fresh calls for strike, life
remained crippled across Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar,
for the fifth consecutive day today.

In Anantnag, 65 kms from here, locals assembled at a
bus stand and protested against the killings. Paramilitary
forces deployed in the town initially cane charged them but
when they refused to budge, they opened fire resulting in
injuries to three persons including a teenager identified as
Irshiad Ahmad Bhat.

He suffered a bullet injury in one of his legs at the
Mattan bus stand, a police spokesman said. He said Bhat was
admitted to a hospital where doctors described his condition
as stable.

The spokesman said people also took to the streets in
K P Road in Anantnag but there was no report of any casualty
in the clashes that ensued between the protestors and law
enforcing agencies.

In Srinagar, agitators staged protest demonstrations
in Maisuma area, Zaldager, Galwanpora, the airport road, Nund
Resh Colony, Boatman colony in Bemina, Batmaloo and HMT
Zainakote, he said. Five persons were injured in the clashes.

In Baramulla town of North Kashmir where a teenager
was killed yesterday, people staged demonstrations in the
town, Delina and Khanpora and clashed with security forces
resulting in injuries to five persons, he said.

Additional contingents of police and paramilitary
forces were deployed in curfew-bound Sopore and other areas to
maintain calm, police sources said.

Two persons died and 65 others, including 32
policemen, were injured in the violent clashes in various
parts of the valley yesterday. One of the two persons killed
was a native of Baramulla.

Curfew, which was restricted to Sopore town since June
25, has been extended to Baramulla as authorities apprehended
trouble, police said.

While hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference headed
by jailed leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has given a call for a
two-day strike, the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has asked people to come on streets to
protest the killing of youths by security forces in Sopore and

Clashes between protestors and security forces have
claimed the lives of five persons since June 25 and eight in
the last three weeks in the Valley.


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