SRINAGAR: Two more persons died Friday, 14th day of rage sweeping Kashmir Valley, despite a strict curfew and communication clampdown.
18 year old Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad of Chursu, Awantipur was killed after Govt forces opened direct fire on a small protest in the highway village around noon time Friday, reports said. He was the second person to lose life in the ongoing unrest on Friday. Earlier Ashfaq Ahmad Mir, who was being treated for bullet wounds received at Hillar, Kokernag some 10 days back, succumbed at SKIMS, Soura.
With this the death toll has crossed the 50 mark.
Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital Dr Nazir Ahmed Chowdary while confirming the death of Mushtaq Ahmad said that he was brought dead to the hospital.
He said the deceased had received bullet wound in his abdomen, a CNS report said.
Massive protests broke out in Chursu after the news spread in the area, the last reports said.
Earlier people came out of their homes in Hillar village after Ashfaqs body reached there in the morning and thousands joined his funeral amid Azadi slogans.
Reports said that pro-Azadi processions in South Kashmirs Kulgam district were taken out in scores of hamlets including Koimouh, Wanpouh, Devsar, Dooru, Mandhol, Vesu, Agru, YK Pora, Sopat Tengapora, Banghal, Berigam, Gundipora, Chowgam, Khargund, Newa, Babapora, Behihama, Kund and other areas.
Large number of mourners attend the 4th day of the three slain persons who were killed by Army at Chorut Chowgam Qazigund.
Stone-pelting and tear-gas shelling were reported in Koimouh, Wanpou, Devsar and Dooru areas of the district.
At Devsar police arrested at least three persons who reportedly attacked police personnel with stones. Large number of people hit to roads after their arrest and clashed with the police.
A police constable was injured after he was hit by a stone in his eye during a stone-pelting incident in Khudwani area of Kulgam district. The wounded cop who was identified as Ajaz Ahmed Laway (399KG) son of Abdul Rashid a resident of Ganderbal.
At least two persons were injured after government forces, according to locals, opened fire at Kakapora in Pulwama district after people defied the prohibitory orders and took out a procession shortly after the Friday prayers. The injured were shifted to SMHS Hospital Srinagar.
Reports said that six protesters were injured in Tral town one of them was shifted to Srinagar hospital for treatment after government forces fired tear-smoke shells to disperse them who resorted stone-pelting post Friday prayers.
Reports from North Kashmirs Sopore town said that thousands of people took out a pro-freedom procession shortly after the culmination of Friday congregational prayers. The town people had decided to offer Friday prayers collectively at Jamia Masjid. Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people marched towards Sopore town from Jamia Masjid. The atmosphere reverberated with pro-freedom slogans. Much to the annoyance of people, police stopped them near Sopore Bridge, prompting protesters to attack the forces with stones. Forces fired tear-smokes to disperse. The protesters alleged that government forces targeted them with pellets without any provocation, a charge vehemently refuted by police. Even little children suffered pellet injuries. We were organizing a peaceful protest when suddenly forces resorted to tear gas shelling and used pellets, said a protester. The intense clashes between the police and protesters continued for hours in the town.
A pro-freedom procession was also taken out in Ganastan Sonawari area of Bandipore district. Reports said that shortly after the Friday prayers; people in large numbers assembled outside the Jamia Masjid Ganastan and took out a pro-freedom protest. The protest march culminated peacefully. Protests were also held at Bandipore after Friday prayers.
Two persons suffered pellet injuries after according to locals police targeted them when they were coming out from a house in Pattan area of North Kashmirs Baramulla district. The injured were identified as Bashir Ahmed and Ali Muhammad. Locals said that there were two separate peaceful processions taken out in Pattan by male and female folk. The pro-freedom processions were peaceful. As they were nearing end, the police fired tear-gas shells creating panic in the area. The policemen also chased away protesters. Two persons who had arrived in the town to condole the demise of a local suffered pellet injuries and were taken to hospital. One of them Bashir Ahmed was referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar, the locals said.
In Palhalan area, agitated youth amid pro-freedom slogans resorted to heavy stone-pleting. Police used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters. Reports said that clashes in the area continued for hours.
Clashes were also reported from Chewdara, Beerwah and Ariwah areas of Central Kashmirs Budgam district.
At Ariwah a youth identified as Bilal Ahmed Nath son of Sanaullah Nath was injured and shifted to SKIMS after he suffered pellet injuries.
At Saloora Ganderbal three CRPF personnel were injured in clashes with people.
In view of the protests called by separatists after Friday congregational prayers, authorities had beefed up the security to thwart the protests, particularly in Srinagar’s old city and district headquarters.
Sporadic protest and clashes were reported from Nawab Bazar and Safakadal area of Srinagar city.
UPDATED 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) Irfan Maqsood Dar of Bugund Kulgam
41) Mushtaq Ahmad Ganaie of Khumrial Kupwara
42)Sayar Ahmad Kumhar of Chitragam, Shopian
43) Hilal Ahmad, Tengpora Srinagar
44) Showkat Ahmed Malik of Hutmulla Kupwara
45)Syeda Bano of Cheirut Qazigund
46) Showkat Ahmad Ittu of Cheirut Qazigund
47)Nelufar Akhtar ofChowgam Qazigund
48) Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Mir of Khumriyal Kupwara
49) Ishfaq Ahmed of Kokernag
50)Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of Awantipur
51)Feroz Ahmad a Police SPO (killed in mob attack)
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