Boy killed, 20 injured in fresh clashes30 August 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A nine-year-old boy was killed while 20 others were injured in fresh clashes between security forces and protestors in Maisuma area of the summer capital of the State and Anantnag town in south Kashmir even as curfew and restrictions crippled the life for third consecutive day today. Hundreds of youth came out on roads in Sherbagh area of Anantnag town, raising slogans against the Government and security forces this evening, official sources said. They said the security forces used batons and tear smoke shells to chase away the protestors but in vain. The protestors resorted to stone pelting on the police post at Sherbagh, prompting the police to open firing. At least 10 persons were injured in the firing. Nine-year-old Irshad Ahmad Parray, son Mohammad Ashraf Parray, was critically injured in the firing and shifted to SMHS hospital here for treatment. However, the boy succumbed to injuries. As soon as the news of boy's death reached Sherbagh, thousands of residents from various parts of Anantnag town assembled in the town square to protest. A police spokesman said a huge mob pelted stones on the police post Sherbagh in Anantnag. 'The police used tear smoke to disperse the stone pelters. One constable Nazir Ahmad was injured. However, they did not relent and police used some rubber pellets in self defence.' One youth namely Irshad Ahmad Parray got injured but was declared brought dead at SMHS hospital, he added. The spokesman said a mob attacked a police mobile bunker in Chatpora in Pulwama district. 'The mob surrounded it from all sides and tried to drag the driver out. The policeman fired in self defence, injuring two persons. The injured persons have been referred to Srinagar hospital'. He said heavy pelting is going on at police station Pulwama and at police post Sherbagh in Anantnag. Death toll in the ongoing agitation, which began with the killing of a 17-year-old youth at Rajouri Kadal on June 11, has now reached 64. In another firing incident, five persons were injured at Maisuma in the heart of the city. According to eyewitnesses, a group of youth were playing carom by the roadside in the interiors of Maisuma when a policeman asked them to go back inside their homes, which led to an altercation between the two sides. A scuffle broke out and the policeman opened firing on the youth. One of the injured, Yasir Rafiq Sheikh, was battling for life at SMHS hospital. Doctors attending on him said Sheikh has been put on life support system and his chances of survival were 'bleak'. Four others were injured in police action and were identified as Sajad Ahmad, Ishfaq Majeed, Aqib Majeed and Feroz Ahmad Dar, all residents of Maisuma. Sheikh and Ishfaq are close relatives of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik. Soon after the firing incidents, a group of youth started pelting stones at the police and CRPF personnel in the area. Two policemen were injured in the stone pelting and were identified as Mukhtar Ahmad No. 140-S and Abdul Waheed No. 1131-S A police spokesman, commenting on the incident, said 'today at about 1230 hours, some miscreants violated the orders of restrictions of movement in Maisuma Chowk which was followed by stone pelting upon Police and CRPF personnel'. 'The miscreants were chased away. However, seven persons including two policemen received injuries,' he added. The spokesman said an enquiry has been initiated to know the facts, which led to this incident and one police constable has been suspended. The said constable has been put under confinement to the quarter guard,' he said. Although law and order situation in rest of the Valley remained peaceful, normal life was paralysed due to the strike called by the separatists and curfew imposed by the Government. Schools, colleges, banks, shops and other business establishments remained closed while all kinds of transport was off the roads. However, normal life resumed for couple of hours after 5 p.m as Geelani-led Hurriyat had announced a relaxation in strike in the evenings till tomorrow.