Two protesters, including a 16-year-old teenager, were killed and
three others injured Monday when security forces opened fire at a
mob in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.
The deaths - the first fatalities in
a week - take the toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley since
June 11 to 67.
"A teenaged protester identified as Showkat Ahmad, 16, was killed
and four others injured when security forces opened fire at a
highly agitated stone-pelting mob at Palhalan village today
(Monday)," a senior police officer said here.
Two of the injured who sustained bullet injuries in the incident
were taken to a hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment.
One of them, identified as Mohammad Ramzan Mir, 35, succumbed to
In the wake of the firing incident in Palhalan village, situated
35 km from Srinagar on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, a large
number of people blocked the traffic on the highway.
Tensions have also mounted in Pattan town and other adjacent areas
in the wake of the teenager's death.
Last Monday 11-year-old Irshad Ahmad Parray was killed when
security forces fired rubber bullets at a huge mob of stone-pelters
attacking the Sherbagh police post in Anantnag town.
Meanwhile, markets, transport and other business establishments
opened up in Srinagar city and other parts of the valley in the
afternoon following appeals by hardline separatist leader, Syed
Ali Geelani who modified his protest calendar in the light of the
Shab-e-Qadr, the holiest night according to the Muslim belief