1 more killed in Anantnag, Kashmir on boil again

Written by: Samyuktha
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Violence in Kashmir valley
Srinagar, Aug 20: The situation in Kashmir continues to spiral out of control as violence raised its ugly head yet again leading to death of yet another civilian in police firing on Friday, Aug 20.

The death of a youngster on Friday, Aug 20 morning sparked off fresh violence in the valley even as curfew remained in force in eight towns in Kashmir.

A mob attacked a police station in Anantnag district forcing the police to fire rubber bullets. A 28-year-old man, who was one among the two people injured in the firing, succumbed to the injuries taking the death toll since Jun 11 to 62.

"A mob attacked Bijbehara police station today (Aug 20). The police used teargas shells and resorted to cane-charge to disperse the mob but it did not relent and tried to set the police station and the office of Sub Divisional Police Officer on fire by throwing petrol bombs," police said.

“Nazir Ahmad was critically injured suffering a rubber bullet injury. He was taken to the sub-district hospital Bijbehara where doctors tried to revive him, but he succumbed," a senior police officer is quoted as saying in a news agency report.

A local court complex in the town was also torched.

Following these incidents, a curfew was clamped in Anantnag district as well.

The other areas where a curfew is in place as a precautionary measure include Sopore, Baramulla, Pattan, Anantnag, Qaimoh, Kulgam, Kupwara and Handwara.

This comes after a youngster, who sustained injuries in CRPF firing, during a clash in Sopore on Thursday, Aug 19, died in a hospital on Friday, Aug 20 morning, triggering off fresh violence.

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