Srinagar: Protestors in Kashmir continued being served death as army shot dead two more in south Kashmir’s Qazigund on Monday taking the death toll to 46.
The civilians including a woman were killed in fresh firing by the soldiers in Churat Qazingund while seven others were wounded in the firing incident, two among them are critical.
The slain protesters identified as Saida Begum and Showkat Ahmad Itoo were killed after soldiers fired on people who were protesting against the killings following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two associates last week in a firefight with Indian soldiers.
Saida died on the spot of a bullet in her head while Showkat succumbed to injuries at a hospital. The injured were removed to SMHS Hospital and SKIMS Soura.
The soldiers fired on protestors after they pelted with stones on an army’s armored vehicle. However, it could not be verified independently as phone network and Internet services are disabled in the region.
A police spokesperson in a statement said, “army warned the mob to maintain distance but it did not relent. Some miscreants tried to snatch weapons from them and tried to set ablaze the vehicles.”
“Despite repeated warnings the mob did not disperse and army fired in self-defence in an effort to move out from the spot. Six persons were injured, two of whom later on succumbed to their injuries,” it added.
In the Valley, all the ten districts continued to remain under curfew for the consecutive 10th day of Monday. Protests and clashes between forces and youth erupted at many places in the Valley.
During the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, protesters set ablaze an army youth club in Bandipora. The club was partially damaged. A ruling PDP MLA was injured in an attack by people in South Kashmir’s Pulwama where curfew remained in force on Monday.
For the third day, newspapers did not publish as issued a verbal diktat to the owners and editors.
While mobile telephony, except BSNL mobiles, is suspended across Kashmir for the past eight days, the mobile Internet services have also been downed across the Valley.
Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed due to shutdown call of the pro-freedom camp. The schools and colleges, which were scheduled to reopen Monday after 17-day summer vacations, remained closed as government extended the holidays for one more week in view of the prevailing law and order situation.
Violent protests have rocked Kashmir since July 9 following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani and two of his associated in an encounter with security forces a day earlier in Kokernag area of Anantnag district.
In the ensuing clashes with the forces, 42 persons including a cop have been killed while nearly 2000 people have suffered injuries.
With inputs from PTI