Amid curfew, Protests erupt in Kashmir, death toll 23

Srinagar: Amid strict curfew, protests erupted in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Sopore on Monday morning three days after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two associates.

At Baramulla’s old town, clashes erupted between protestors and government forces in the wee hours. Later, forces dispersed the protestors and imposed curfew in the district. Huge contingents of police and CRPF personnel have been deployed in the town, Palhalan and adjoining areas to prevent protests.

Protesters chased away by police after use of tear smoke shells at Batmaloo | Photo: Faisal Khan
File Photo| Photo: Faisal Khan

Similarly, clashes are going amid curfew in Sopore town. In Kupwara, Severe military restrictions have been imposed in Kupwara district. Police directed people through public address systems fitted on their vehicles to stay inside their houses.

Mobile internet services across the Valley and mobile telephony in south Kashmir continue to be shut for third consecutive day.

Clamp down at Lal chowk Srinagar | Photo: Faisal Khan
File Photo Faisal Khan 

As already reported by Kashmir Reader, the death toll has risen to 23 after a youth named Asif Ahmad of Chiitergam Shopian was shot dead by forces on Sunday evening.

Clashes between youth and forces are going in the interiors of Batmaloo, where curfew has been imposed today after the killing of youth in adjoining Tengpora area on Sunday evening.  Also, strict curfew has been imposed in old Srinagar and Maisuma.



Medical Superintendent SHMS Hospital Dr Nazir Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that 190 injured people are admitted in the hospital. Of them, six are critical, he said.