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Hit by stone, man dies

Kashmir witnessed two more deaths on Thursday, taking the civilian toll to 70 since the beginning of the latest round of unrest on June 11. HT reports.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2010 23:59 IST
HT Correspondent

Kashmir witnessed two more deaths on Thursday, taking the civilian toll to 70 since the beginning of the latest round of unrest on June 11.

Ghulam Mohammed Guroo (55), who got hit in a stone-throwing incident on Wednesday, died at a hospital here this afternoon, while a 35-year old shepherd was killed in an ambush, as the army mistook him for a militant.

"Guroo was travelling with his two brothers when their vehicle was attacked by stone-throwers. He had received severe head injuries," said a police spokesman.

This is the third civilian death in stone-throwing this year in Kashmir. Of the other two, one was an 11-day-old infant at Rafiabad in north Kashmir and a 40-year-old peon of the State Board of School Education in Srinagar.

The shepherd, Manzoor Ahmad, was caught in an ambush by the army on Wednesday night in Bandipora district, about 60 km from Srinagar.

A local, who did not wish to be named, said, "He was returning home to attend to his sick child. As it was dark, personnel of 14 Rashtriya Rifles mistook him for a militant and killed him."

Despite repeated attempts, army spokesman J S Brar did not pick up the phone.

Bandipora district police chief Sheikh Junaid said the police had registered a murder case.

"It was not immediately clear what he was doing in the area at the middle of the night."

Meanwhile, curfew was lifted from the Valley due to the Eid-ul-Fitr that would be celebrated on Friday or Saturday, depending on the sighting of the new moon.