2 more killed in violence in India-controlled Kashmir

18:23, August 05, 2010      

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Two more people have been killed in police and paramilitary firing in Indian-controlled Kashmir since Wednesday evening, witnesses and officials said Thursday.

The deaths came hours after region's most influential separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani urged people to resort to peaceful protests only, and refrain from violence.

Witnesses said paramilitary troops fired on a group of youth in Bemina locality of Srinagar Wednesday evening killing one Muhummad Yaqoob Bhat.

Residents said Bhat was not part of any protests.

His deaths sparked protests in the area, with people coming out on streets defying curfew and raising anti-India slogans.

Paramilitary troops also fired upon a group of protestors in Ganpatyar locality of Srinagar, injuring a 45-year-old Ghulam Ahmad Badyari fatally.

Badyari succumbed to his injuries in the hospital this morning.

The deaths have taken the toll of civilians killed in protests since June 11 to 47, 30 of them since Friday.

Reports of protests were coming from many other places in Muslim dominated Kashmir Valley, where all ten districts are under a curfew.

Meanwhile a region wide curfew entered seventh day Thursday.

In other parts of the Valley, protestors ransacked two police stations in Sopore and Habakaddal districts and set on fire a state road transport corporation office in Baramulla, said police.

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday told Parliament that the violence in Kashmir now had to stop and lauded the security forces for showing "commendable restraint" despite coming under stone-pelting mob attacks.

Source: Xinhua


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