Fresh Killing Takes Death Toll To 33

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Srinagar: Killings in the restive Kashmir continued on the fourth day with another youth falling to the security forces’ bullets taking the death toll to 33 in the ongoing protests that rocked Kashmir after the Hizb commander, Burhan Wani was killed five days ago.

Earlier two more injured youth had succumbed to their injuries.

Authorities took off mobile services in Kupwara— the frontier district of bordering the Line of Control (LoC).

According to the sources, a youth namely Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh of Warsoo, Kupwara, was killed when SOG personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police opened fire in Kralpora Kupwara during clashes. The firing also left 14 persons injured; out of them four are critical. “A mob attacked police station at Kralpora, Kupwara, setting it afire and in the subsequent police action, the youth received bullets who later on succumbed to his injuries,” said a police spokesman.

Meanwhile, the two youths who succumbed to their injuries were identified as Shahid Ganai of Checkchalan Shopian and Aamir Nazir of Bijbehera Town. While Shahid was shot on Saturday, Aamir was hit by bullets yesterday near Zipara in Bijbehara.

The death toll in four days of continued clashes has climbed to 33. Also, a policeman identified as Afroz Khan also died during these four days.

Meanwhile, the clashes continued across Kashmir on the fourth consecutive day even as curfew and shutdown remained in place.

The authorities imposed strict curfew in Old City areas of city, Maisuma, Batamaloo and other sensitive parts.

Sources said that clashes erupted at Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Handwara, Kulgam, Anantnag, Tral and Baramulla. At Tral, a police post guarding minorities was torched by protesters while another police post was set ablaze at Rohmoo.

The authorities meanwhile suspended mobile connectivity in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district in wake of volatile situation. There is complete breakdown of mobile and internet communication in south Kashmir and only BSNL broadband and mobile is working.

Meanwhile, thousands of people today visited the house of Burhan Wani on his ‘Chahrum’ and offered Fateh prayers for the slain. The mourners had come from far off places and paid tributes to the slain commander. The visitors were seen greeted by father of Burhan, Muzzafar Wani, who is a school principal by profession.

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