1 killed, 10 injured, curfew imposed in Baramulla

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Baramulla, Oct 26: The district authorities imposed curfew in this town as people continued to protests on streets after one person was killed and ten others wounded when security forces opened fire to disperse 'pro-freedom' demonstrators in the old town near here.

Repeated announcements were being made through public address system fitted in security force vehicles this afternoon that curfew has been imposed in the town.

Security forces and police were bursting teargas shells to disperse the agitators, who were protesting on the streets, refusing to go inside their homes.

Official sources said reinforcement was rushed to the town from nearby areas to control the situation as people continued to defy the restrictions.

The trouble started this morning when residents of the old town took to streets this morning in protest against alleged damage to window panes and beating up of youths by the security forces on Friday night after the town observed strike on a call given by the Coordination Committee (CC) spearheading the present agitation in the valley.

The demonstrators, raising 'pro freedom' slogans, alleged that security forces and police damaged window panes and beat local residents on Friday night.

However, when the demonstrators tried to march towards the main town and Srinagar-Uri highway, security forces and police resorted to lathicharge.

Later, teargas shells were fired which too had no affect on the demonstrators who were regrouping again and pelting stones on security forces.

Security forces opened fire to disperse them in which four youths were injured. One of the youth identified as Irfan Ahmad later died before he could be shifted to hospital.

Seven others were injured in the stone pelting and teargas shelling, sources said The situation in the entire town was tense, they said adding more security forces and police personnel were rushed to the area.

Complete shut down was observed yesterday against the security force action on Friday night.


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