SRINAGAR: Three more civilians died in ongoing protests in Kashmir on Friday, taking the death toll in last 27 days to nearly 57.
Many incidents of clashes between protesters and police forces were reported from across Kashmir valley today. Government imposed curfew-like restrictions to foil separatist-called protest march to Dargah Hazratbal. At least 100 civilians were injured in the day-long clashes.
Police sources said that in Nagam area of Budgam district, near Chadoora, one person Muhammad Maqbool Khanday received a grievous head injury when forces opened fire on protesters. He succumbed to injuries later. Nearly 30 other people were injured in the clashes, including the firing incident.
Reports said that a youth, Zahoor Ahmad, of Beerwah area of Budgam district, succumbed to his injuries at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital. He had been shifted to Srinagar in a critical condition after being hit by a bullet.
According to a report on Rising Kashmir, a youth, Daanish Rasool Mir, of Wagoora area of Baramulla district, succumbed to his critical pellet injuries. The Block Medical Officer, Sopore, reportedly confirmed that Daanish succumbed to injuries at Sub-District Hospital Sopore this evening.
At least 50 persons were injured in Sopore, a north Kashmir town that has remained relatively calm in the last one month of turmoil. Police said angry men clashed with security forces, prompting police and paramilitary troopers to use force to quell protests in the apple town.
More than a dozen protestors were also wounded in north Kashmir Kangan area on the Srinagar-Leh highway.
A young man was critically injured in Shopian, in south Kashmir, in clashes between security forces and protestors. The man, according to doctors at a local hospital, had multiple pellet injuries.
Protests were also held at several other places, including in Srinagar, in which dozens more were hurt.
For the first time in the recent history of Kashmir, no Friday congregational prayers were offered at Dargah Hazratbal — the most revered shrine in the state — that houses a lock of hair of the Prophet. Authorities had imposed strict curfew and blocked all entry points to Hazratbal to prevent a separatist-called protest march to the shrine.
Curfew remained in force almost across the valley that has been on the boil since the July 8 killing of rebel commander Burhan Wani. The toll in the unrest has reached nearly 57 after the latest casualty.
With inputs from Indo-Asian News Service, Current News Service and Rising Kashmir
2015 Kashmir Despatch