2 More Youth Killed,Injured Succumbs; Toll Mounts To 44

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SRINAGAR: Two more protesters were killed and at least 40 others, mostly hit by bullets and pellets were injured, as protesters defying stringent curfew on Friday, clashed with government forces for the seventh straight day in length and breadth of Kashmir Valley.

On Friday, troops shot dead a youth, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganaie

during a clash with protesters in Izgund village of Kupwara district in North Kashmir while another teenager, 18 year old Sayar Ahmad Kumhar was killed at Yaripora, Kulgam in South Kashmir. A youth, Hilal Ahmad, injured earlier in Tengpora Srinagar, succumbed to his wounds at SKIMS taking the overall death toll in past one week to 44.

KUPWARA:

According to reports Kupwara village was witnessing a protest after Friday prayers when troops passed by and encountered the crowd. Bullets were fired at the crowd resulting in the instant death of Mushtaq, son of Ahsan Ganaie, a resident of Kalaroos.

The Govt forces also opened fire on protesters at Drugmulla, also in Kupwara resulting in injuries to 17 persons, out of which five are stated to be critical. One of the critically injured was identified as Showkat Ahmad Magray. The residents, according to a GNS report, alleged that an army helicopter opened fire on them and lobbed shells.

Another report from Drugmulla said that army thrashed inmates of a car who were ferrying injured to Srinagar.

“Dr Javed Ahmad, Ehtisham Bashir and a few others who were accompanying three bullet hit youth in an Eeco car were stopped by Army personnel posted at 168 Medical Hospital in Drugmulla,” the report said, adding “the attendants were thrashed only to be rescued by police.”

The forces opened fire after people from Muqam Shah Wali, Gund, Watarkhani, Nagri, Hatmulla had assembled for a peaceful protest.

Another twelve persons sustained injuries in forces action at Regipora Kupwara and Malik Mohalla Kupwara.

Earlier people from Kunanposhpora, Tiker, Zurhama and Bahipora marched up to Regipora.

Trehgam, the native village of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, continued to remain under siege while large number of people from Kunanposhpora village tried to break siege.

Reports said that a large number of protesters caused damage to Casper vehicle of Army at Khurhama Lolab area of the district. Protesters alleged that para-military CRPF and Army entered into the village thrashed some of the villagers without any provocation, forcing people to hit the roads. The agitated protesters resorted to heavy stone-pelting and attacked army vehicle.

Meanwhile, three persons were injured when army opened fire at Darpora. At Kralgund, one protester was injured in police action.

BARAMULLA

Two siblings, Hilal Ahmed Lone and Sajad Ahmed Lone of Khehtangan Pattan sustained injuries after army soldiers opened fire when their vehicle was hit by stones at Pattan Bazar. The injured were hospitalized and according to SSP Baramulla the condition of both of them was stable.   Earlier people in large numbers had taken out a march after Friday congregational prayers and assembled at Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road and resorted.

The deployed government forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters. Reports said that one of the protesters suffered pellet injuries and was shifted to Srinagar hospital for treatment. During the clashes a CRPF man identified as Amol Uday was also injured.

In nearby Palhalan a youth was critically injured after he received pellets in the head. Locals identified him as Tariq Ahmed Hajam who was shifted to SMHS hospital, Srinagar for treatment.

Clashes also broke out in Khawjabagh, Cement Bridge, Sheeri, Kreeri, Singhpora and Hygam areas of the district.

At Hygam several protesters were wounded due to pellet injuries lobbed by police. At Singhpora a youth Adil Ahmed was shifted to SDH Pattan after he received pellet injuries.

A large pro-freedom procession was taken in apple town Sopore shortly after the culmination of Friday congregational prayers. The protesters carrying placards and banners denounced civilian killings. At least six youths from Sopore town were shifted to Srinagar hospital after they were wounded during the clashes in main town Sopore. Reports said that two youth received bullet injuries and two were injured due to pellets. Two more youth were hit by teargas shells.

BANDIPORE

At Hajin in Bandipore district, two persons were injured after paramilitary forces opened pellet gunfire on them.

KULGAM

A youth  was shot dead by force personnel in Yaripora area of Kulgam district on Friday. Yaripora is village which borders Shopian and Kulgam districts.

Witnesses said that protesters clashed with the police near Yaripora police post prompting latter to open fire. The firing killed one Sayar Ahmad Kumhar of Chitragam village of Shopian district. There were conflicting reports about the police action.

A cop was killed when according to police unidentified person tossed a grenade at police station Yaripora in Kulgam district. Police said that due to intense stone-pelting they faced problem in shifting the injured cop to the hospital. It was when they opened fire on the crowd resulting in the death of Sayar Ahmad.

Reports said that youths killing intensified protests. Protesters in fit of rage set ablaze a Panchayat Ghar and the Tehsil Office in the area.

Intense clashes were reported from Kulgam, Dooru and Qazigund also.

Locals alleged that CRPF targeted the windowpanes of a shrine with tear gas shells and caused damage to it.

A procession was taken out in Kulgam  where people defied curfew and clashed with the police. Six protesters were injured in Kulgam and Behibagh area when forces resorted to direct tear-smoke shelling on the protesters.

SRINAGAR

Hospital sources said a youth who was thrashed by CRPF a few days back has succumbed at SKIMS on Friday. He has been identified as Hilal Ahmad Parray.

Protests had erupted in Tengpora area when a youth was killed by forces a few days back. “Hilal was beaten by CRPF then,” locals said, “however, out of police fear, his family admitted him in SKIMS as a victim of a rood-side accident where he died today.”

Angry protestors set ablaze a private vehicle of J&K Police constable in Srinagar outskirts on late Thursday evening.

Reports said that intense clashes were going on in Parimpora area of summer capital last evening when a car was stopped by protestors. “When they came to know that the driver was a police cop, they burnt down the car. Mob chased away the cop,” witnesses said.

Clashes erupted between youth and paramilitary CRPF men at Shivpora locality. The area falls in the Cantonment area of Srinagar city.

As soon as the Friday prayers culminated in different mosques in the locality youth from the area took out a protest rally against the killing spree in Kashmir and pay homage to slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani. Youth pelted stones at para-military troopers who charged them with canes. The clashes between the forces and youth continued for hours.

GANDERBAL

Reports recieved from central Kashmir’s Ganderbal said that several youths were rushed to SKIMS Soura who were injured by pellets. Reports said that protests erupted in Manigam area after Friday prayers when forces used pellet gun.

JAMMU

Meanwhile, residents of Poonch and Mandi areas staged peaceful protests against the killing spree in Kashmir. People in large numbers assembled in main market after closing their business establishments.

Kishtwar district also observed a complete shutdown on Friday against the killing spree in Kashmir. 

All business establishments, schools, colleges remained closed and traffic remained off the roads.

DEATH LIST

1) Ashraf Ahmad Dar of Halpora Kokernag

2) Shahid Hamid Margay of Larnoo Kokernag

3) Danish Ayoub Shah of Achabal

4) Sajjad Ahmad Thokar of Utroosa Achabal

5) Saqib Manzoor of Khundru Achabal

6) Aqib Manzoor of Khundru Achabal

7) Habibullah Malla of Brenti Achabal

8) Aamir Khan of Batapora Verinag

9) Mashooq Ahmad Rather of Kund Qazigund

10) Safeer Bhat of Sarigam Aishmuqam

11) Aijaz Thokur of Siligam Aishmuqam

12) Imtiyaz Mandoo of Nandpora Anantnag

13) Bilal Shah of Dooru Anantnag

14) Haseeb Ganai of Khanabal Anantnag

15) Mushtaq Dar of Ujroo, Dooru Anantnag

16) Javed Ahmad of Anantnag

17) Hilal Ahmad of Harnag, Anantnag

18) Showkat Ahmad of Hassanpora Bijbehara

19) Jahangir Ganai of Hassanpora Bijbehara

20) Abdul Majeed Mochi of Arwani Bijbehara

21) Zubair Khanday of Kolepora Qaimoh

22) Yasmina Rehman of Damhal Kulgam

23) Rashid Kumhar of Damhal, Kulgam

24) Feroz Mir of Begummilo Kulgam

25) Khursheed Mir of Harwat Kulgam

26) Javaid Ahmad Lone of Khudwani Kulgam

27) Mushtaq Ahmed Dar of Hawoora Mishpora Kulgam

28) Muzaffar Hussain Bhat of Kigam Shopian

29) Aazad Thokar of Pudsoo Shopian

30) Jahgangir Pandit of Trenz Shopian

31) Muneer Pandit of Trenz Shopian

32) Shahid Gulzar of Zainapora Shopian

33) Bilal Shan of Zawoora Shopian

34) Altaf Rather of Rajpora Pulwama

35) Irfan Malik of Warwan Pulwama

36) Fayaz Waza of Nikloora Pulwama

37) Zahoor Ahmad Mantoo of Kakapora Pulwama (Drowned)

38) Shabir Mir of Tengpora Bund Srinagar

39) Sheikh Zahoor of Warsoo Kupwara

40) Feroz Ahmad a Police SPO (killed in mob attack)

41) Irfan Maqsood Dar of Bugund Kulgam

42) Mushtaq Ahmad Ganaie, Khumrail Kupwara

43) Sayar Ahmad Kumhar, Chitragam, Shopian

44) Hilal Ahmad, Tengpora Srinagar

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