Another Youth Dies In Police Firing In Kashmir4 August 2010
Srinagar: A 25-year-old civilian was killed when CRPF personnel opened fire on protesters on Wednesday evening. Locals said Mohammad Yaqoob Bhat was killed during a demonstration at the Bemina Chowk. No police officer was available for comment but hospital sources confirmed that he died of a bullet injury. Another youth of Kralkhud was critically injured when a bullet hit him during a protest at Habbakadal. Meanwhile, Iqbal Ahmad, a youth who was injured on Friday morning when the police and the CRPF opened fire on a group of protesters in Chanpora area, died at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura. So far 40 civilians have been killed in the violence in the Valley since June 11. Tight security Authorities enforced curfew on Wednesday as more troops were requisitioned from the Centre and deployed in sensitive areas. Srinagar and other major towns were put under a thick security blanket to thwart the attempts of protesters to take to the streets. However, at some places people managed to come out and stage protests. In Qamarwari, Khrew, Pampore, Kulgam and Wanbal, hundreds of people raised slogans protesting against the recent killings. In Shopian, south Kashmir, demonstrators burnt government vehicles and set on fire some buildings. At various places, security personnel fired in the air to warn the protesters. Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani was allowed to visit the Chanpora locality, where he led funeral prayers for Iqbal Ahmad and addressed people. Reports from Baramulla said a youth was critically injured after CRPF personnel shot him in north Kashmir's Sopore town, while the office of the Superintendent Engineer, PHE, and a building of the Irrigation Department were set on fire by a mob. A police spokesman said the “situation in the Valley remained by and large peaceful.” He, however, said protesters set ablaze government vehicles in the Qamarwari area of the old city in Srinagar and in Pampore town of Pulwama district. In Shopian, protesters set ablaze two buildings of the Forest Protection Force and a vehicle. Reports said the police and the CRPF resorted to tear smoke shelling to disperse protesters in the Kangan area of Ganderbal district. They were trying to march towards Ganderbal, constituency of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Sources said protesters attacked the Budgam SSP's escort at Beerwah. The police dispersed them by firing in the air and teargas shelling. BJP members, Jammu MLAs may meet PM Neena Vyas reports from New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has sought time from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss with him the volatile Kashmir situation. Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said the party had sent for all its 11 MLAs from the State and would hold a meeting with them on Thursday before meeting Dr. Singh. “We have asked for time. Hopefully, some time on Thursday we will meet him,” she told journalists here. BJP parliamentary party chairman L.K. Advani and leaders of the Opposition in the two Houses Ms. Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, along with the MLAs, all from the Jammu region, plan to meet the Prime Minister. Rail services suspended Northern Railways has suspended its operations in the Valley for an indefinite period, following massive damage caused to trains and infrastructure and fear of violence among non-local employees. Officials told TheHindu that the decision was taken after the employees conveyed difficulty in operating services. “Life has come to a grinding halt in Kashmir and nothing is moving. Our property has been burnt and the employees are fear-struck.” The Railways, which operates services from Qazigund to Baramulla, has 125 non-local employees. The authorities have granted them special leave to go to their home towns. They left the Valley in buses with security personnel and reached Jammu on Wednesday.