September 2016 News

Sombre Eid In Valley: 2 Die, 100 Hurt

13 September 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir and Ishfaq Tantary

Srinagar: Two youths were killed and more than 100 injured in clashes today as protesters defied curfew restrictions in almost all 10 districts in the Kashmir Valley to offer Eid prayers. There were reports of clashes at 50 places, including Srinagar, despite the deployment of thousands of troops and the use of drones for aerial surveillance. The separatists' march to the UN office was foiled. Lanes and bylanes in Srinagar were barricaded by concertina razor wires and the residents told to offer prayers at local mosques. The internet facility in the Valley was suspended - for the second time during the ongoing unrest. Mustafa Mir, 21, was killed in North Kashmir's Bandipora, 55 km from Srinagar, during clashes with security personnel. He was hit by a tear smoke shell. The locals blamed the police for the death. But a police officer claimed Mir had died of injuries during violent clashes in the area. Another youth, Shahid Ahmad of Uerpora Nagbal in Zainapora, in his twenties, was killed in clashes that erupted after the Eid prayers in Shopian district. 'He was hit by pellets in the chest and brought dead at the Primary Health Centre, Harmain,' Chief Medical Officer Dr Abdul Rashid Najar said. Special Director-General (Law and Order) Shesh Paul Vaid, claimed the forces had shown 'maximum restraint' across the Valley, it being Eid. 'However, two unfortunate killings took place and it is not yet clear how these occurred,' he said. 'Shahid's body, that was found near Largam, was carried to the government hospital by locals who did not allow a post-mortem to be performed.They alleged he was injured during stone-pelting. The youth had been missing for two days.The police is investigating the matter,' said an official spokesperson. With two more killed on Eid, the death toll in Kashmir since July 8, has reached 81.