Srinagar: The government forces shot dead one more person, in Hatmullah area of Kupwara district, during a protest on Saturday evening, taking the toll of dead civilians to 43.
The slain youth has been identified as Showkat Malik of Hatmulla Kupwara. Witnesses said four other protesters were injured during the clashes with the forces.
The reports said the youth clashed with forces deployed there and tried to attack a police post at Hatmulla in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The forces, however, resorted to heavy teargas and pellet gun firing to disperse the protesters. The forces also fired few rounds of bullets resulting into the killing of a youth.
A youth identified as Sajad Ahmad from Manigam area of Ganderbal district is battling for life at SKIMS hospital at Soura after he was critically injured by a volley of pellets fired by forces on Friday. He has received serious injuries in his heart and liver and is now in Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
Fierce clashes had erupted there on Friday afternoon where several other youths had sustained injuries. A few locals who were attending to him said the station house officer of Lar police station harassed a few local women which angered the local people.
Thousands of troopers and policemen enforced curfew in the Valley. Pro-freedom groups have called for a shutdown till Monday.
The government has already snapped mobile internet and phone services across Kashmir in the wake of the public uprising following killing of popular Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
All the major roads across the valley had been sealed off with concertina wires by the forces and nobody was allowed to come out of their houses.
In Islamabad district of South Kashmir where most of the causalities have occurred since agitation erupted over the death of Wani, loudspeakers were reverberated with pro-freedom and pro-Burhan songs throughout the day on Saturday.
Reportedly, a few minor incidents of clashes and protests were held in some parts of the Valley. At some places in Srinagar, youths hurled stones at forces.