Jammu: Three civilians were killed and more than 150 injured in clashes across Kashmir on Friday as thousands defied curfew imposed to prevent a protest march to Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.
The deaths took the toll in the current unrest to 53. The valley has been under curfew for a month following terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing. On Friday, clashes broke out in two dozen places as forces stopped protesters and fired bullets, tear gas shells and pellets.
Mohammad Maqbool Wagay was killed in action by security forces against those who threw stones after Friday prayers at Nagam in Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Another youth, Zahoor Ahmad, was killed in the same district, while Danish Ahmad died in Baramulla. At least 20 policemen and soldiers were also reported injured.
Mobs attacked a police station and threw stones at the ancestral house of Kashmir’s junior health minister Asia Naqash in Srinagar even as police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled streets and laid razor wire and steel barricades to cut off neighbourhoods. Mobs also attacked independent MLA Hakeem Mohammed Yaseen’s house in Khan Sahib. Clashes were also reported from Kupwara district as separatists extended the protest strike until August 12.
Security forces were deployed in strength in sensitive areas to maintain law and order as life in the valley remained affected for the 28th consecutive day due to the curbs imposed by authorities. Mobile internet services remained suspended.