The death toll of youth killed in forces action after Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s killing has reached 23 as Kashmir valley continues to simmer with anger on third consecutive day Sunday. Six youths were killed in forces action in latest clashes in several parts of south Kashmir, including Pulwom, Kulgam, Qaezgund, Srinagar and Pampar.
At Lassipur in Pulwom, a group of protesting youth torched a vehicle. The forces opened fire in resulting injuries to at least 2 persons Gulzar Pandith of Shupian and Muzaffar Hussain of Keegam Shupian. They were rushed to hospital where they were declared brought dead by the doctors. Another youth, Irfan Malik of Warwan Pulwom was killed when government forces opened disproportionate fire to quell protesters near Rajpora chowk in Pulwom.
Besides Irfan a number of youth suffered injuries and have been hospitilised. In Qaezgund, a youth identified as Mashook Ahmad of Qund was killed when police and paramilitary forces opened fire on protesters. Meanwhile five other persons including a girl who were injured in government forces action at different places of Kulgam and Anantnag last evening succumbed to injuries.
They have been identified as Imtiyaz Mandoo of Anantnag, Altaf Rather of Rajpora Pulwom, Sajad Thokar of Utrusoo Anantnag, Haseeb Ahmad Ganai Batpora, Khanbal and Yasmeena a resident of DH Pora. Massive clashes erupted on Saturday, a day after most wanted Hizb commander died fighting government forces in Kokernag.
Pertinently, 12 youth were killed– all of them in South Kashmir– while more than 150 were injured and over 50 persons are said to have received bullet wounds in clashes across the Kashmir valley.
In a bid to control the situation, authorities enforced strict curfew across the Kashmir valley where pro-freedom leaders including chairman AHPC Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq besides JKLF chief Yasin Malik and DeM Chief Asiya Andrabi has called shutdown till Monday.
Despite, strict curfew, reports of clashes have been received from many places in the valley including Anantnag, Kulgam, Kokernag, Qaimoh, Auentpur, Shupian, Tral, Chanapora Bypass, Lalpora and Takipora.
At Ashmuqam, a group of protesters attacked the residence of SDPO and latter set it on fire. At Hassanpora Arwani area of Vejbuer, a group of youth attacked camp of the counter insurgency police force and tried to torch it, however, action by forces prevented the bid and latter dispersed the protesters.
At Saibogh in Budgam, a police post was torched by the protesters.
Reportedly railway station Vejbuer and a fisheries at AKAD in Ashmuqam were also set ablaze by the protesters. In Lolab in Kupwor, a group of protesters tried to set a counter insurgency camp on fire in Takipora. The cop on the duty opened few aerial shots to disperse the protesters.
Two more youth were killed in forces action late Sunday evening, talking death toll to 23.
Shabir Ahmad of Tengpora Bund was killed when tear smoke shell hit his head near Tengpora Bypass on the outskirts of Srinagar city. Shabir was immediately rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Another youth Fayaz Ahmad Waza NIkloora Pulwom was killed after being hit by a bullet fired by forces.
With these 2 killings the death toll has climbed up to 23 in Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, Army post, Army town commanders office, State Bank of India branch and some residential houses were gutted in a fire incident at main chowk Kupwor this evening.
A police officer told news agency that a mysterious fire broke out inside the building housing Armies town commander, branch office of SBI and various shops.
A fire also engulfed many houses adjacent to the building. He said that fire was doused off with the help of Fire and Emergency department of police.