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One more youth succumbs, death toll 85

Clashes, protests in Kashmir parts

SRINAGAR (KNS): While on more youth who hails from Pulwama succumbed to injuries taking the overall death toll during the current unrest to 85,curfew-like restrictions remained in force in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley on Friday to prevent protests.

KNS correspondent from Pulwama reported that Basit Mukhtar, 21, who was injured in clashes with the forces in Pulwama district on September 5, sccummed to his injuries in a hospital on Friday. “The seventh-grade student breathed his last at SMHS hospital today” a doctor told KNS. Thousands of people on Friday attended the funeral prayers of Basit Mukhtar at his native Dalipora village of Pulwama district in south Kashmir. 

Ten persons were injured in clashes with government forces after congregational Friday prayers in Dooru village of Anantnag district. EyeWitnesses and reports said that the injured were shifted to District Hospital Anantnag. Huge pro-freedom processions were taken out in Akingam area of Achabal and Srigufwara area of Bijbehara area in Anantnag district.Reports of clashes also came in from Reeshipora, Kulgam town and nowpora village of Devsar in Kulgam district.

Clashes also erupted in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday after government forces allegedly resorted to unprovoked teargas shelling on a peaceful demonstration. Eye witnesses said that a pro-freedom procession was taken out in Old town Baramulla when forces from across the Jhelum river fired teargas shells to break up the demonstration. Women, they said, were also part of the procession that was marching peacefully after Friday prayers. Following the teargas shells, they said, pitched battles erupted at Azad Gunj and Cement bridge in the town.

Meanwhile, a strict curfew has been imposed in Pulwama district to prevent protests against his death. Police here on Friday said curfew had to be re-imposed this Friday in parts of Srinagar and in the towns of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla and Handwara in view of the violence and stone pelting incidents on the previous Fridays.

In a statement issued to KNS police said “incidents of stone pelting were reported from a few areas of Srinagar, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Sopore. The trouble shooters assembled on the roads after Friday prayers and pelted stones on police and deployments in these places. Apart from these incidents the situation remained under control”.

During the intervening night of Thursday and Friday the trouble shooters, according to the police statement, miscreants set ablaze Panchayat Ghar at Pinglish Tral, causing damages to the structure. 

Sixty two miscreants who have been involved in the offences of damaging civilian vehicles, vandalizing of shops and also placing obstructions on roads and lanes, according to the police statement, have been arrested during last 24 hours across Kashmir. 

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