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Srinagar/Jammu/New Delhi: At least eight people were killed in fresh round of violence in Kashmir, taking the death toll since Friday to 14. Four people were killed and over 20 injured when an ammunition depot in the police station at Khrew caught fire.


With one more injured person succumbing to his injuries in hospital, the death toll in firing by the police and the CRPF went up to four.


Eye-witnesses said the police and the CRPF opened fire on protesters in Pampore area in the afternoon, killing 20-year-old Nayeem Ahmad Shah and 18-year-old Tanveer Ahmad and injuring several others, including a five-year-old girl. In Khrew, a girl, Afroza, and a youth were killed in police firing.  

Police said unruly mob attacked the station after the death of two youths in nearby Pampore. A portion of the station, including the ammunition depot, caught fire and four people were killed and 20 injured, some of them severely.


Reports of widespread violence and clashes between unruly mobs and the security forces have also come in from Zeewan, Nishat, Shah Mohalla Parimpora, Nowhatta, Rainawari and Khanyar in Srinagar city where mobs defied curfew and attacked security forces.

Violence has also been reported from Baramulla, Sopore, Naidkhai and Ganderbal towns in the north and Galandar, Fraistabal, Barsoo, Kadlabal, Khannabal, Pinglana, Sirigufwara and Anantnag town in the south Kashmir area.

A senior police officer said unruly mobs have blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Galandar, Frastabal, Barsoo, Kadlabal and Pampore by felling trees and erecting obstructions,

On Friday, two people each were killed in north Kashmir's Sopore and Pattan towns when security forces opened fire on violent protesters. Two more protesters were shot dead Saturday in north Kashmir's Baramulla and Bandipora districts.


CCS meeting
In New Delhi, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) Sunday discussed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of renewed violence in the Valley but did not take any decisions, an official said.

"The meeting reviewed the overall scenario in the wake of the violence but did not take any decisions," an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Besides Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the CCS members included Union Minister for Home Affairs P. Chidambaram, Union Defense Minister A.K. Antony, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is also expected to visit New Delhi where he will meet Chidambaram and possibly, the prime minister, informed sources in Jammu said.






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