Two Kashmiri youths killed in clashes with security forces

Sep 12, 2016, 01:38
Two Kashmiri youths killed in clashes with security forces

TWO men were killed in fresh clashes with security forces on Saturday in the Kashmir as the Government moved in soldiers to help restore normalcy in the worst hit region of the valley that remained shut for the 64th day.

Yawar Mushtaq, another civilian, died due to pellets fired by the security forces at Botengoo village in Anantnag district.

"There would be no curfew anywhere in the Valley today (Sunday)", a senior police official said.

The deadly violence, in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's killing in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir on July 8, has left 77 people, including two cops, dead and several thousands injured.

Hundreds of police and paramilitary personnel remained deployed on roads to maintain law and order and prevent people from taking to roads and staging demonstrations. However, the normal hustle bustle associated with Eid shopping was missing.

The security forces action triggered protests and clashes in the area, which continued throughout the day. Among the detained include brother of slain Hizb militant Naseer Pandit.

The protestors started pelting stones at the security forces who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and pellet guns, he said.

Earlier this week, clashes broke out in Shopian where the protesters set ablaze a mini-secretariat building, injuring more than 80 people. According to reports, at least 50 protesters were injured in clashes with the police and CRPF men in different areas of the valley on Saturday.

A police spokesman said stray stone pelting incidents were reported from some parts of Valley. The situation across the Valley continues to be tense, he added.

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