One person was killed and 23 others, including 9 securitymen, were injured in violence on Friday in Kashmir, which saw mobs defying curfew in many parts to indulge in stone-pelting, along with which a police station was attacked with a grenade and firing by suspected militants from amidst the crowd.
With one more death, toll has reached 40. A youth identified as Hilal Ahmed of Batamaloo, Srinagar succumbed to his injuries on Friday evening. He was shot by armed forces two days before in the ongoing violent protests that erupted after the killing of Burhan Wani. Another youth was shot dead by armed forces in Yaripora area of Kulgam district on Friday evening taking the death toll to 39.
Due to trouble in Kashmir, the Amarnath yatra continued to be suspended for the second consecutive day, with no pilgrims being allowed from Jammu to move towards the valley. Authorities had imposed curfew in all the 10 districts of Kashmir fearing trouble as it was the first Friday after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani.
However, mobs defied curfew at many places, including Kupwara, Baramulla, Sopore, Ganderbal, Rafiabad, Bandipora, Kulgam and Pulwama, a police official said. In Drugmulla in Kupwara district, a mob targeted security forces who opened fire in response, resulting in injuries to three civilians, a police official said. One of the injured, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie, succumbed to injuries later, he said. With this death, the toll in the current unrest has gone up to 37, including one policeman.
A patrol party of security forces was attacked by a mob with stones at Delina in Baramulla district this morning, injuring three security personnel, the official said. In retaliation, security forces opened fire in which three civilians were injured. Condition of all the injured is stated to be stable, he added.
A youth was critically injured in firing by security forces on stone-pelting mobs at Manigam in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the official said, adding the injured was undergoing surgery at SMHS hospital. A mob indulged in stone-pelting in Sopore and in the retaliatory action, four persons sustained pellet injuries.
Two others were injured in clashes in nearby Pattan town, the official said. Two other persons were injured in a similar incident in Shopian district town, he said. Yaripora area of Kulgam in south Kashmir saw a grenade attack followed by firing on a police station during stone- pelting, resulting in injuries to six police personnel, the official said.
“Someone from the mob hurled a grenade towards the police personnel during stone pelting on police station Yaripora. The grenade attack was followed by firing also,” he said. Police has been saying that militants merge with stone- pelters to carry out attacks on security personnel, using civilians as a shield.
Curfew had been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the valley where 36 people have died and over 3,100 others, including 1,500 securitymen, injured in the week-long clashes following Burhan’s killing in an encounter in Kokernag.
The decision to impose curfew was taken in view of apprehensions that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at Friday prayers to instigate violence, an official said. Meanwhile, separatists today extended the shutdown call in Kashmir by two days till July 18.
Here is the full list of the killed persons
1) Ashraf Ahmad Dar of Halpora Kokernag
2) Shahid Hamid Margay of Larnoo Kokernag
3) Danish Ayoub Shah of Achabal
4) Sajjad Ahmad Thokar of Utroosa Achabal
5) Saqib Manzoor of Khundru Achabal
6) Aqib Manzoor of Khundru Achabal
7) Habibullah Malla of Brenti Achabal
8) Aamir Khan of Batapora Verinag
9) Mashooq Ahmad Rather of Kund Qazigund
10) Safeer Bhat of Sarigam Aishmuqam
11) Aijaz Thokur of Siligam Aishmuqam
12) Imtiyaz Mandoo of Nandpora Anantnag
13) Bilal Shah of Dooru Anantnag
14) Haseeb Ganai of Khanabal Anantnag
15) Mushtaq Dar of Ujroo, Dooru Anantnag
16) Javed Ahmad of Anantnag
17) Hilal Ahmad of Harnag, Anantnag
18) Showkat Ahmad of Hassanpora Bijbehara
19) Jahangir Ganai of Hassanpora Bijbehara
20) Abdul Majeed Mochi of Arwani Bijbehara
21) Zubair Khanday of Kolepora Qaimoh
22) Yasmina Rehman of Damhal Kulgam
23) Rashid Kumhar of Damhal, Kulgam
24) Feroz Mir of Begummilo Kulgam
25) Khursheed Mir of Harwat Kulgam
26) Javaid Ahmad Lone of Khudwani Kulgam
27) Mushtaq Ahmed Dar of Hawoora Mishpora Kulgam
28) Muzaffar Hussain Bhat of Kigam Shopian
29) Aazad Thokar of Pudsoo Shopian
30) Jahgangir Pandit of Trenz Shopian
31) Muneer Pandit of Trenz Shopian
32) Shahid Gulzar of Zainapora Shopian
33) Bilal Shan of Zawoora Shopian
34) Altaf Rather of Rajpora Pulwama
35) Irfan Malik of Warwan Pulwama
36) Fayaz Waza of Nikloora Pulwama
37) Zahoor Ahmad Mantoo of Kakapora Pulwama (Drowned)
38) Shabir Mir of Tengpora Bund Srinagar
39) Sheikh Zahoor of Warsoo Kupwara
40) Feroz Ahmad a Police SPO