With an 11-year-old boy being killed in police firing and another
critically injured, tensions have spiralled in the Kashmir Valley
prompting authorities Tuesday to impose curfew in this summer
capital and other towns.
Irshad Ahmad Parray, 11, was killed when a huge mob of stone pelters
attacked the Sherbagh police post in Anantnag town Monday evening
after which security forces fired rubber bullets at the protesters.
With Parray’s death, the number of people who have lost their lives
in the ongoing unrest which started here June 11 has risen to 65.
“Curfew has been imposed in Srinagar city, Anantnag and Pulwama
towns while restrictions will remain in place in some areas close to
the airport road in central Badgam district,” a police officer said
Monday’s trouble saw Yaseer Ahmed Sheikh being injured in police
firing. Doctors at the S.M.H.S. hospital in Srinagar have described
his condition as critical.
Sheikh was injured when a policeman fired at some youth playing
carrom in the curfew bound Maisuma locality of the city.
Following the incident, senior police officers here said the
policeman had been suspended and a case registered against him for
unprovoked firing at the youth.
Four others had also sustained gunshot wounds in the incident while
Sheikh had received pellet injuries in his lower abdomen.
Shops, educational institutions, other businesses, banks, post
offices and public transport remained closed in Srinagar city
following imposition of curfew and separatist called shutdown.
The Valley Tuesday entered the 81st day of civil unrest during which
education, businesses, transport services and all other routine
activities of life have come to a grinding halt.
“The misery now seems to be endless. I personally do not see any ray
of hope anywhere. This place has become cursed,” said a businessman
here who did not want to be named.