Fresh clashes in Kashmir, three killed in firing

Fresh clashes broke out between locals and security forces over alleged killings by CRPF.

Zeenews Bureau

Srinagar, June 29: Fresh clashes broke out
between locals protesting the killing of youths in alleged
CRPF firing and security forces in parts of Srinagar,
Baramulla and Anantnag districts on Monday, leaving three persons dead and at least 13 injured, according to police.

"Two youths identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad, 23, resident of Anchidora (Anantnag) and Ishtiyaq Ahmad, 20, resident of Dialgam (Anantnag) were killed and three others critically injured when security forces opened fire on Anantnag-Pahalgam road after being attacked by a mob there this (Tuesday) afternoon," a senior police officer said here.

Stone-pelting by protestors in
Jammu and Kashmir have left 25 CRPF jawans injured in the last
four days, officials said.

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 told PTI. 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.

Life was disrupted across Kashmir
Valley following a two-day strike called by the hardline
faction of Hurriyat Conference to protest killing of youths in
alleged CRPF firing.

Government offices, educational institutions, banks,
semi-government offices and other establishments were closed
and traffic was off the road, officials said.

The women`s separatist outfit Dukhtarain-e-illat and
Kashmir Bar Association have extended their support to the
strike called by hardline Hurriyat and appealed masses to make
the protest successful.

Meanwhile, a human rights body today criticised Home
Secretary G K Pillai`s statement on the civilian deaths in
Jammu and Kashmir.

"By condoning and rationalising the deplorable actions of
the CRPF and police, Pillai characterised civilians fired upon
by security personnel as people who were culpable as they
violated curfew. It is an evidence of the patronage that the
security forces enjoy here," International People`s Tribunal
on Human Rights and Justice in Indian Administered Kashmir
(IPTK) convener Angana Chatterji told reporters here.

Pillai had yesterday said that people who break curfew
and attack police posts cannot be termed as "innocent

-Agencies inputs