August 2016 News

5 Kashmir Protesters Die

16 August 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ehsan Fazili

Srinagar: Five civilians were killed today when security personnel opened fire on protesters in Budgam and Anantnag districts. The death toll in the Valley since elimination of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8 now stands at 67. Four civilians were killed and 10 injured when CRPF personnel opened fire on protesters at Aripanthan in Beerwah area of Budgam this morning. While two persons died on way to hospital, two succumbed to injuries later. Sources said as the CRPF personnel tried to clear a road blockade in Budgam, they were pelted with stones by youngsters. The jawans opened fire, injuring 15 persons, of whom four died later. CRPF Inspector-General Atul Karwal said the protesters threw stones and a petrol bomb even as somebody opened fire. 'Twentytwo of our men were injured,' he said. However, locals in Beerwa denied stone-pelting. 'There was a road blockade. The CRPF patrol party panicked and opened fire. This sparked anger, leading to protests in several parts of the district,' a resident said. In Anantnag district, a youth, Aamir Ganai, was killed when Army personnel allegedly opened fire to quell demonstrators at Larkipora. Doctors at the district hospital said the youth had been 'brought dead'. An Army spokesman denied any role. Five policemen were injured in a grenade attack at a police post in Kakapora, Pulwama. One of them was said to be critical. On Monday, Yasir Salam (16) was killed in police firing at Batamaloo, triggering fresh protests. The deceased's family claimed he was not with the protesters. Also, Ishfaq Ahmad, injured in the clashes in Tangmarg on Friday, succumbed to his injuries. Even as NC working chief Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the loss of lives, the separatists gave a call for a 72-hour march to the UN (MOGIP) office beginning tomorrow. 'The march will be a reminder to the world body to stop being a mute spectator to the genocide of Kashmiris,' a joint statement by various separatist groups read. Meanwhile, curfew continues in downtown Srinagar, Batamaloo, Anantnag and Shopian.