J-K army firing: Woman succumbs to injuries, toll goes up to 3

  • Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2016 06:59 IST
Kashmiri villagers surround the bodies of two civillians reported to have been killed in clashes with security personnel in Handwara, north-west of Srinagar, on April 12, 2016. (AFP)

A 50-year-old woman wounded in army firing in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday succumbed to her injuries at a hospital on Wednesday, taking the total death toll to three.

Raja Begum, a resident of Langate in Kupwara, was hit by a bullet in her head.

A police official quoting locals said that Begum was hit when she was working in the fields near her home. “The area is some 2-3 km away from the place army opened fire on protesters,” said the official.

Two youth were killed when the army opened fire during a protest against alleged molestation of a girl by an army man in the district’s Handwara town.

Army has regretted the killings and ordered a probe into the incident.

The body of one of the youth, Nayeem Ahmad, is still lying in police control room in Handwara, with the locals demanding that the guilty be punished.

Meanwhile, the hardliner Hurriyat Conference has given a call for a shutdown on Wednesday in the Kashmir Valley.

Authorities clamped a curfew in Handwara and imposed restrictions in six police station areas of capital Srinagar following the shut down call.

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