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Four dead in clashes in Kashmir; Amarnath yatra suspended
Saturday July 9, 2016 6:03 PM, Agencies

Srinagar: Four protesters were killed in clashes between security forces and people protesting the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. At least 70 people, including security personnel, were injured, police said.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in many parts of Kashmir where mobile internet services were suspended across the valley and mobile telephony services restricted in south Kashmir, the epicentre of the trouble.

In view of the volatile situation, Amarnath yatra has also been suspended from Jammu base camp with no fresh pilgrims allowed to proceed towards the Valley today, PTI reported.

Burhan's funeral in Tral town was attended by thousands of people while violent protests were reported from a number of places from Khadinyar in north Kashmir to Kulgam in south, a day after the militant commander was killed.

A 25-year-old youth, Amir Bashir, was hit by a bullet allegedly fired by security forces on protestors in Verinag area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir. The youth was shifted to a hospital but he succumbed to injuries on the way, a police official said.

Another youth was reportedly killed in similar circumstances in Qaimoh area late last night. Zubair Ahmad had multiple bullet injuries in his chest, a doctor at the Anantnag district hospital said on condition of anonymity.

A 16-year-old youth identified as Saqib Manzoor was declared "brought dead" by doctors at SMHS hospital where he was taken by some people with critical injuries sustained due to use of firearms, a police official said.

Besides these three deaths, there were unconfirmed reports that a youth drowned in a river at Ganeshpora as security forces chased a group of protestors. Police did not confirm the incident.

Police said over 30 other youth were injured in action by the security forces against the violent mobs at several places across the valley. However, sources in various hospitals of the city put the number of injured persons at around 50.

Protests swept the entire Kashmir Valley after the death of Wani, along with two of his associates in a gunfight with security forces in Bamdoora (Kokernag) village of Anantnag district on Friday. He was buried on Saturday in his home village Tral in Pulwama district in the presence of 20,000 people who defied curfew.


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