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Curfew in Kashmir, Omar to chair security meet

india Updated: Aug 14, 2010 12:57 IST

Curfew has been imposed in Kashmir on Saturday after a fresh wave of violence swept the region on Friday in which four protestors were killed taking the death toll to 55.

Situation is extremely tense in the area with heavy security deployment.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will chair the high-level meeting on Saturday to take stock of the situation. On Friday, there were at least a dozen clashes in Srinagar alone.

The uneasy calm of the past week in Kashmir was shattered on the first Friday of Ramzan when four persons, including a Class 10 student, were killed in firing by security forces in north Kashmir’s Pattan, Kupwara and Sopore. Two days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for peace in the Valley and set up a panel to suggest means of increasing employment prospects, security forces claimed they were forced to open fire after protesters attacked a camp of the CRPF’s 92 battalion at Bomai in Sopore, 55 km north of Srinagar. Two persons were killed.

Bomai resident Shafkat Ahmad, however, said: “There was a peaceful demonstration after Friday prayers. The protesters were fired at without any provocation when they approached a CRPF picket.”

The firing, provoked or not, killed Arif Mir and Sameer Lone, both residents of Bomai. Four persons were injured.
"Later, the funeral procession for the two persons killed was fired at too,” Shafkat added.

In Kupwara, 120 km north of Srinagar, dozens of people coming out of a mosque after prayers at 5.30 am reportedly got into an argument with security forces. How and why the argument ended in bloodshed is contested, but security forces shot at the crowd, killing Mudasir Ahmad Zargar, a Class 10 student.