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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Curfew reimposed in Shopian after fresh protests

IANS  Srinagar, September 12, 2013
First Published: 11:17 IST(12/9/2013) | Last Updated: 13:57 IST(12/9/2013)

An indefinite curfew was imposed today in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian town following fresh protests after a man was killed allegedly in firing by the CRPF on Wednesday.


The protest was still on at the time of filing the report and police had to use water cannons and lathicharge to bring the situation under control.

A man named Muhammad Rafi Rather, 28-year-old bus driver, was killed by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel posted at Gagaran camp, 54 km from here.

According to residents, the incident took place near Shopian town without any provocation as the man was passing by the camp.

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Two other people, including a girl, sustained bullet wounds in the incident, they said.

 
CRPF officials, however, denied any firing by their personnel posted at Gagaran.

 
"CRPF did not open fire. Our men were not even deployed on the streets," CRPF spokesman Kishore Prasad told reporters in Srinagar.

 

Inspector general of police (IGP) Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir said that police was investigating the incident.

He said they were also probing Saturday's firing incident at Gagaran in which four people were killed.

 

While residents say all the four killed were civilians, Mir said three had no militancy record and were "obviously" civilians. The fourth person killed in Saturday's firing was a militant.

 

"Locals said he was a labourer from Bihar, but our channels say he was a militant," the IGP said.

 

The police chief said cases have been registered in both incidents.

 

Separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani called for a shutdown in the Kashmir valley and the Chenab valley districts of Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban Thursday over the killing of the man in Shopian.

 

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik also called for a sit-in at the city centre Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Friday.

 

Chief minister Omar Abdullah chaired a high level meeting in Srinagar on Wednesday evening to review the security situation in the town.

 


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