Kashmir unrest: 5 more killed, toll reaches 65

At least five protesters were killed and many others injured in clashes with security forces on Tuesday taking the toll of people killed to 65.

Four civilians were killed when a mob tried to attack Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle and in retaliation CRPF personnel opened fire at Aripanthan village in Central Kashmir’s Beerwah village.

On Tuesday morning, CRPF retaliated when protestors threw stones at their convoy in Aripanthan village of Beerwah. The CRPF personnel were on way for deployment in the area.

Four protestors have been killed and four injured. Eyewitnesses say one of the injured civilians is critical. The injured have been rushed to hospital. The officials, however, had confirmed only three deaths so far.

Beerwah is the home constituency of former chief minister and leader of opposition Omar Abdullah. With the fresh four killings of Tuesday morning, the toll of people killed, in the clashes following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 9.

In another incident, Army opened fire on people at Larkipora village of Dooru in Anantnag district killing a teenager and wounding more than 10. Villagers say that the army firing was unprovoked.

Eyewitnesses say that Army on Tuesday morning first barged into Dialgam village and beat the residents and then went to Larkipora village where they picked up two youth. More than 10 people were wounded in army firing and one of them Aamir Yousuf was declared brought dead at District Hospital Anantnag. “Yes, there is one death,” said an official at the hospital.

Police said curfew and restrictions will continue in all the 10 district headquarters of the Valley on the 39th consecutive day. Separatists have already extended their protest shutdown to August 18. All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses have remained shut since July 9.

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