Youth killed in Sopore as mob defies curfew
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 27, 2010, 22:00
  
Srinagar: A 22-year old youth was killed after being hit by a rubber bullet when an angry mob defied curfew restrictions and resorted to heavy stone pelting on security personnel in Kashmir's Sopore town on Sunday evening, a police official said.

The youth, identified as Bilal Ahmad Wani, 22, was hit by a rubber bullet in the neck during the violent protests in Kralteng area of the town, a senior police officer here said.

"The youth was immediately shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment, but doctors at the Sher-e-Kashmir Soura Medical Institute said the youth had succumbed to critical injuries before reaching the hospital," the officer said.

An indefinite curfew was imposed in Sopore town after two youth were killed Friday when the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers, returning from a gunfight, fired in self-defence after their vehicle was attacked and torched by a stone pelting mob.

Kashmir schools, colleges shut

Meanwhile, all colleges and schools in the Kashmiy Valley will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday as a precautionary measure due to a call by separatists for a students' protest against alleged human rights violations in the state, an official statement said Sunday.

The hardline separatist Hurriyat group headed by Syed Ali Geelani had called for Valley-wide protests by students on Monday and Tuesday.

An official statement said: "All the colleges and schools in the Valley would remain closed on Monday and Tuesday on the demands of the parents and as a precautionary measure."

Both the hardline and moderate Hurriyat groups have called for a protest march to Sopore town Monday where the fourth day funeral prayers of the two youths killed in the town in CRPF firing Friday would be offered.

The state government has already ordered a probe into the incident to be headed by Justice (retired) Syed Bashir-ud-Din, the chairperson of the state human rights commission.

IANS


First Published: Sunday, June 27, 2010, 22:00


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