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Death toll in Kashmir violence reaches 55 as body of ATM guard recovered in Srinagar
150 persons sustain injuries during day long clashes across Valley
8/4/2016 12:09:44 AM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Aug 3: Around 150 persons sustained injuries during day clashes between protesters and security forces personnel at various places in Kashmir. At the same time the death toll in Kashmir violence reached 55 after the body of ATM guard was recovered.
Reports said that an auto driver spotted a body near the shrine of Syed Mansoor Sahib near the Government Medical College here on Tuesday night. The deceased was identified as Riyaz Ahmad Shah, an ATM guard, resident of Bhagiyas-Chattabal. The auto driver took the body to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital where it was handed over to his relatives.
Clashes erupted after the funeral prayers of slain Chattabal youth. Police and CRPF lobbed scores of tear gas canisters to disperse off the people near the Safa Kadal. Some of the injured persons were shifted to SMHS. The situation was tense in the entire area with clashes going on by the time this report was filed.
Two persons sustained pellet injuries in their eyes at Lethpora in Pulwama district in South Kashmir. The area was rocked by protest demonstrations following the killing of a civilian in police firing on Tuesday night. Groups of agitated people clashed with police and CRPF personnel leading to injuries to some.
Around 100 persons were injured in Kulgam districts during the day long clashes. Most of the injuries took place in the Damhal Hanjipora area after forces broke out a protest triggering a massive clash. The injured were shifted to various health institutions in the district where they are receiving treatment. At least two persons have received bullets in neck and chest.
Reports of clashes have also come in from many areas of Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian districts in South Kashmir. Many persons sustained injuries after police and CRPF personnel lobbed scores of smoke shells on the people who carried out protest demonstrations in many localities across the South Kashmir.
Reports of clashes have come from Warpora locality of Sopore town in North Kashmir's Baramulla district. The clashes broke out after hundreds of youths came out and chanted anti-government and pro-freedom slogans. Some of the persons sustained injuries during the action of forces personnel. The protesters pelted stones on Warpora police post. Clashes were going on when last reports came in. Protests were also reported from some areas of Bandipora district.
A police spokesman said that 15 incidents of stone pelting were reported across the valley. These incidents were reported from Srinagar, Kulgam, Sopore, Shopian, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Budgam and Awantipora. During these law and order situations 12 persons and 40 police and security force personnel were injured.
"As a precautionary measure curfew/restrictions were put in place in some police stations of Srinagar, Anantnag town, Bongam in Shopian, Khanpora in Baramulla, Awantipora and Pampora towns. In its continuous drive against the hooligans and miscreants 349 accused persons have been arrested in the valley. Besides, 122 have been detained under prohibitory provisions of law," said the police spokesman.
Kashmir Valley has been on edge since the evening of July 8 when Hizbul Mujahideen Commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed along with his two associates in a brief encounter with police and security forces at Bemdoora-Kokernag in Anantnag district. So far 55 persons including three policemen have been killed in clashes at different places as people protested against the killing of Burhan.
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