Violence erupts amidst shutdown in Kashmir over Muslim youth's death

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Srinagar, Feb.2 (ANI): Violence erupted in Kashmir on Tuesday following a shutdown call given by separatist Hurriyat Conference to protest the death of a Muslim youth during clashes with security forces.

Protests were triggered by the killing of Wanik Farooq on Sunday evening (Jan.31), when police fired teargas shells to disperse demonstrators.

All shops, business establishments and government offices remained closed, and the vehicles stayed off the roads.

Despite elaborate security arrangements, youth pelted stones at vehicles and the security personnel, injuring some of them.

Tension between India and Pakistan has risen in recent weeks after a series of border skirmishes and a spike in violence by militant groups, most of them based in the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir or other parts of Pakistan. (ANI)

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