Pro-freedom protests, clashes after army kills civilian in Kupwara

Pro-freedom protests, clashes after army kills civilian in Kupwara

Srinagar: Intense pro-freedom protests followed by clashes erupted in Batpora village of northern Kashmir’s Kupwara on Sunday after soldiers of Indian army killed a civilian driver late Saturday night.

Asif Iqbal, a driver by profession, was injured in firing by army personnel during an ambush at Thandipora area of Kupwara last night, a police official said, according to PTI news agency.

He said the forces had laid an ambush in the area following intelligence inputs about the movement of militants.

Iqbal was rushed to a hospital at Kralpora where from he was referred to a hospital here, but he succumbed on the way, the official said.

Reports said that hundreds of people stopped the ambulance carrying the body of the deceased at Batpora, a village adjoining Thandipora, and staged massive protesters.

The forces, they said, responded by lobbing tear smoke shells.