Srinagar: A youth was killed and over 30 people were injured on Friday in clashes between stone-pelting protesters and security forces in Kashmir.
Curfew was imposed in some parts of Srinagar district and restrictions were in place elsewhere in the valley after a protest was called by the separatists.
Wasim Ahmad Lone, 22, was killed when security forces fired shots to disperse a stone-pelting mob at Nadihal on Sopore-Kupwara road in Baramulla district, a police official said.
The mob started pelting stones at a security forces’ convoy while it was going from Sopore to Kupwara, following which they opened fired at the protesters, the official said. Lone was injured in the chest, he said.
The youth was taken to Baramulla district hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, the official said. Local residents, however, said Lone was not part of the protest as he was harvesting paddy at his field when the army opened fire.
The police official said law enforcement agencies were trying to restore order in the area. Following Lone’s death, fresh protests broke out in Nadihal and adjoining areas.
The death toll in the unrest that began with the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on 8 July has now risen to 83.
Clashes between security forces and stone-pelting mobs were also reported from several areas of Kashmir valley. At least 30 people have been injured, another police official said.
These places included Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam district and Old Barzulla area in Srinagar, the official said. The authorities had imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar in view of apprehensions of law and order problems after Friday’s congregational prayers, even as normal life remained affected in the valley for the 77th straight day.
Curfew was imposed in five police station areas of downtown Srinagar and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in the uptown city, the official said.
The separatists, who are spearheading the agitation in the valley, have extended the call for protest till 29 September. They had called for marches to various tehsil headquarters across the valley on Friday.