Srinagar: At least seventeen people on Monday were killed and nearly two hundred injured when Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police opened fire upon demonstrators across the Valley. The deaths that took place in Bandipore, Baramulla, Budgam Pulwama and Islamabad districts have taken the toll in the ongoing unrest that begun on June 11 to 87.
Cop among 8 killed in Central Kashmir
Troops and police shot dead six people and injured as many as forty, many with bullet wounds in Budgam district of Central Kashmir this morning. A policeman was also killed after being hit by an unknown vehicle.
Reports and eyewitnesses said that thousands of people of various areas of Budgam this morning took to streets and staged demonstrations in favor of independence and to protest the alleged desecration of Quran in United States.Â Shouting pro-freedom, pro-Islam and anti-India, anti-America slogans, the people tried mo march through the streets of the district to give vent to their feelings. When the protesters reached near Humhama, troops and police deployed in advance intercepted the protesters. However, the protesters offered stiff resistance and tried to break the cordon. Forces opened fire upon the protesters after teargas shells proved ineffective to break up the demonstration. At least seven people were injured in the forces firing. The injured were rushed to Srinagar hospital for treatment. However, three of the critically injured persons identified as Ghulam Rasool Tantray,son of Mohammad Jamal,Â Nasir Ahmad Kucchay, son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din and Showkat Ahmad Mir, son of Abdul Gani Mir succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.
Showkat is said to be the district president of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front .
Another youth identified as Adil Ahmad, son of Abdul Gaffar of Humhama succumbed to his injuries at the SMHS hospital late evening.
The killings set off widespread protests and clashes across the district. In the ensuing clashes as many as twenty five people were injured in the clashes between forces and the protesters.
At main town Budgam, a policeman identified as Davinder Singh, son of Omkar Singh was killed after being run over by a vehicle that was reportedly carrying injured to Srinagar hospital. Police however; claim that the cop was lynched to death by protesters.
At Ompora, a woman identified as Rafeeqa, wife of Abdul Gani Teli was critically injured after being hit by a bullet fired by forces while dispersing protesters. The injured woman was rushed to hospital where she breathed her last.
In Chrar-e-Shareef, Chadura area of the district, two people including a student were killed when CRPF and police allegedly opened indiscriminate fire upon peaceful protesters near Trajbal. Two youth identified as Danish Nabi, 21, son of Ghulam Nabi Kumar of Kumar Mohalla and Mudasir Mushtaq, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar were killed.
After the killings, thousands of angry protesters staged demonstrations. The protesters set on fire a police van (JKOIK-7441) .The protesters also attacked several government buildings to give vent to their feelings
When contacted, Medical Superintendent, SKIMS, Dr Syed Mohammad Amin Tabish said that the middle aged man Ghulam Rasool Tantray was brought to hospital dead.
â€œWe have received 25 people, mainly with firearm injury. All the injured are being treated upon,â€ Tabish added.
In Srinagar, at least ten people were injured when forces used force to quell demonstrations in Parimpora, Shalimar, Nowgam and other areas.
Eight youth, many of them suffered pellet injuries in Soura area of the city.
Youth shot dead in Bandipore, 26 hurt
Press Bureau of India correspondent from North Kashmir said that 25-year-old Nisar Ahmad, son of Habibullah Bhat was killed on the spot and six others were wounded when a joint convoy of Army and BSF fired upon a group of youth near Ajas in North Kashmirâ€™s Bandipore district early this morning. Nisar was killed on the spot. The injured people were rushed to hospital for treatment.
Earlier, the convoy had also opened fire â€˜direct fireâ€™ upon a group of youth in Saderkote area fearing attacks from them. Two youth suffered injuries in the firing.
â€œBSF fired warning shots in self defense. Our men did not fire upon protesters,â€ Srinagar based, BSF, Spokesperson said.
However, the locals charged the BSF of killing the youth and injuring many.
â€œThe youth were not shouting slogans or staging demonstrations. Without any reason or rhyme, BSF men opened fire upon them,â€ Mohammad Altaf, an eyewitness told Press Bureau of India.
The killings triggered violent protests in several areas of the district. Besides shouting slogans, the protesters pelted stones and rocks on the forces. In the ensuing clashes at least twenty people were injured.
Thousands of people participated in the funeral procession of Nisar. Amid pro-Azadi slogans, the youth was laid to rest.
6 killed, 70 injured in Baramulla
Hours after the Bandipore incident, CRPF and police shot dead six people and injured at least seventy others in the neighboring Baramulla district.
Five people were killed and at least fifty people, many of them suffered bullet injuries when CRPF and police opened fire on the protesters in Tangmarg area this afternoon.
Reports and eyewitnesses said that thousands of people this morning came out on roads on the Baramulla-Gulmarg highway near Kunzer and Tangmarg and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations, the people were protesting against the unabated killings of civilians by the forces.
When the protesters reached near police station, angry youth pelted rocks and stones on the CRPF troops and cops. The forces, eyewitnesses said opened fire upon the protesters after they failed to disperse them with teargas canisters. At least thirty people, six of them suffered bullet injuries in the incident. The injured were rushed to SK Institute of medical sciences, Soura and Bemina where three of the critically wounded persons succumbed to their injuries.
The slain have been identified as Tariq Ahmad, son of Abdul Jabbar Ganai, Abdul Qayoom, son of Mohammad Akbar Wani and Mudasir Ahmad, son of Ghulam Rasool Parray.
Two of the critically injured youth identified as Mohammad Iqbal, 22, son of Bashir Ahmad Malik of Timberhama, and Ikhlaq Khan, son of Mohammad Azam of Iqbal colony died of injuries at the hospital.
The news of the death of three men brought thousands of people on the roads. Chanting slogans in favor of freedom, angry protesters set on fire several government and private buildings including two huts and a cafeteria of the tourism department, Offices of social welfare department, Block development officer (BDO), fisheries department, residential quarter and vehicle of Tehsilar, toll post and a missionary school. At least twenty people were injured in the clashes triggered with the killings.
Earlier in the day, thousands of people from several localities of old town, Baramulla took to streets and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Chanting â€œWe want freedom,â€ â€œIslam Zindabad,â€ â€œSalam-O-Martyrs,â€ â€œGo India Go Back,â€ and vociferous pro-Geelani and anti-India slogans, the people tried to march to the civil lines areas.
However, CRPF and police deployed in strength in the area had blocked all the bridges and road links with corrugated sheets of tin and barbed wire to foil the attempt of the protesters. Angry protesters pelted rocks and stones on the forces to express their resentment over the recent killings. Forces returned the stones sparking off ding-dong clashes that continued for some time. However, no reports of any injury were received.
Thousands of people from Fatehgarh also staged peaceful sit-in on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway to stage demonstrations against the alleged desecration of the holy Quran in United States. The protesters dispersed peacefully.
In the neighboring Sopore town, at least three people were injured when troops and police used tear smoke shells and cane charged a group of people in Arampora locality this morning.
The people were staging pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations when forces swung into action.
In the late night clashes, a youth identified as Mohammad Rafiq Teli of Chankhan was killed by forces. Eight people were injured in the ensuing clashes.
In Pattan, at least twelve people were injured when troops and police burst tear smoke shells and opened fire upon people who were marching towards the residence of Mohammad Ashraf Mir, who succumbed to injuries at SK Institute of medical sciences, Srinagar yesterday after sustaining firearm injuries on Monday last week.
Reports said thousands of people of several villages of Pattan this morning took out a peaceful procession and tried to march to the residence of the slain man. When the marchers reached near main market Pattan, CRPF and police deployed in advance lobbed tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge the halt the marchers. In retaliation, the marchers hurled rocks and stones on the forces setting off fierce clashes. At least 12 people were injured in the clashes.
The clashes were going on in twin districts of Baramulla and Bandipore when the last reports came in.
3 killed in South Kashmir
Three people, including a teenager were shot dead and several injured by forces across the twin districts of Pulwama and Islamabad of South Kashmir.
Two people were killed when forces opened fire on the people staging pro-freedom and anti-India demonstration in Pampore area of Pulwama district.
Reports and eyewitnesses said that Ejaz Ahmad Gojri was killed and at least twenty others, five among them were critically injured when troops and police opened random fire upon a group of people who were staging pro-freedom demonstration on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Kadlabal, Pampore this afternoon. The critically injured identified as Riyaz Ahmed Sheikh son of Ghulam Ahmed Sheikh, Ejaz Ahmad and Muzaffar Ahmed Mir and Javed Ahmad Rather, son of Ghulam Qadir were rushed to Srinagar hospitals for treatment. However, Javed who had received firearm injury in thigh and head succumbed to injuries at SKIMS in the evening.
â€œJaved was brought to hospital in critical condition. He died of serious injuries,â€ Medical Superintendent, SKIMS said.
Unconfirmed reports said that two more youth died of firearm injury at the hospital.
In the neighboring Islamabad district, a teenager identified as Aqib of Sarnal locality was killed when forces fired on a group of demonstrators near K P Road.
The killing of the teenager added fuel to the ongoing protests across the district. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, when the people were taking the body of Aqib for burial, CRPF and police again opened on the funeral processing resulting in injuries to as many as five mourners.
In Shopian, at least twenty people were injured in the violent clashes that broke out after the news of the killings across the Valley spread.
Police on Monday said that thirteen people were killed and 158 people including 113 policemen were injured across the Valley today.
In a Press Conference held here this evening, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda said that police had to resort firing to control violent mobs at various places in the valley resulting in the death of 13 persons and injuries to 45 others. One policeman, he said also died in Budgam district while 113 police personnel, 41 of them received serious injuries in the protests and clashes triggered by the alleged desecration of Quran in US.
â€œ52 persons belonging to Hurriyat and Muslim League were arrested in action. Besides convoys, mobs also attacked CRPF camp in Chrar-i-Sharief and BSF camp in Rangreth,â€ he said.
DGP said that protests and clashes were also reported from Banihal, Doda, Kashtigarh, Poonch, Mandi in the backdrop of Quran desecration.
Several government and private buildings, he said were also damaged by the mob instigated by the Hurriyat Conference (G) leader, Imtiyaz Haidar.