Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed in the Valley after a call by pro-freedom leadership over the killing of two youths and a woman in Handwara after protests over an alleged molestation bid by an army man.
When contacted, DC Kupwara told Kashmir Reader, “We have imposed curfew in the town and a magisterial enquiry has been ordered into the incident which will be carried out by Additional Deputy Commissioner and completed in a month.”
However, angry protesters defied the curfew, resulting in clashes between youth and forces. According to reports, a youth identified as Jahangir Ahmad Wani son of Gulam Din Wani of Nagri Drugmulla, after being hit by a tear gas shell, was shifted to PHC hospital Drugmulla for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries. This death took the toll to four over two days.
After the news spread, angry protestors set the police station, Langate, in Handwara on fire.
Doctors completed the post-mortem of slain Iqbal and Nayeem in police station Handwara late on Tuesday evening, while the body of elderly Raja Begum reached her native village in Langate early on Wednesday. All the three were buried in their native places.
Protests were also held in Ganderbal, Pampore and Pulwama district. The authorities have deployed police and paramilitary forces in large numbers at many places in Kangan and Ganderbal to stop protests.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said that more than 110 cops were injured during clashes with youths in Kupwara and Srinagar districts. “During the process of dispersal of unruly mobs, about 110 police personnel were injured. Cases have been registered regarding death of civilians in law and order incidents and investigation started,” a police spokesperson said in a press release.