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Kashmir turmoil: Uneasy calm shattered as 2 civilians killed in fresh firing

india Updated: Jul 18, 2016 22:46 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times

Paramilitary soldiers walk towards their base camp on the 10th straight day of curfew in Srinagar.(AP)

An uneasy calm in the Valley on Monday, after more than a week of violent protests, was short-lived as protestors clashed with security forces over the killings of two civilians.

The two people were killed and seven were injured in retaliatory firing after protestors pelted stones at a 9RR army patrol in Churat Qazigund in South Kashmir, police said.

The deceased were identified as 25-year-old Showkat Ahmad and 45-year-old Saida.

The fresh killings took the death toll in ongoing protests to 43, excluding two people who drowned and one person who died when his car overturned while fleeing from a spot where police and protestors had clashed.

While most of the areas remained peaceful, sporadic incidents were reported from several places in north Kashmir, including Trehgam in Kupwara district, and Sopore and Rafiabad in Baramulla district, a police official said.

The official said at least five people were injured in action by the security forces when a protesting mob pelted stones at them in Trehgam.

“All 10 districts of Kashmir Valley continue to remain under curfew today as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order,” the official added.

Normal life remained paralysed due to the curfew and the strike call by separatists, which has been extended till July 22.

Schools and colleges, which were scheduled to reopen on Monday after a 17-day summer vacation, remained closed as the government extended the holidays by a week in view of the prevailing situation.

Violent protests have rocked Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8. In the ensuing clashes, more than 3,400 people, including 1,600 security force personnel, have been injured.

With inputs from PTI