Youth killed, Kashmir toll rises to 58

Srinagar, Aug 15: One youth was killed and another critically injured today in fresh clashes between protestors and security forces in Kashmir, taking the death toll to 58, even as curfew remained in force in some parts of Kashmir while a CRPF officer was killed and nine other security personnel injured as militants attacked them here.

A youth injured in clashes between protestors and security forces at Batamaloo in the city was brought to SMHS hospital with "grievous injuries", a police official said. The doctors declared him "brought dead", he said adding efforts are on to ascertain the identity of the deceased. 

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In another incident in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district, one youth was critically injured after being hit by a tear smoke shell in the head, the official said. Earlier, a youth injured during clashes last week succumbed at a hospital here this morning.

Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat, who was injured during clashes between protestors and security forces in Tangmarg area of Baramulla district on August 12, succumbed at SKIMS hospital here, a police official said.

Bhat had sustained injury to his head. "Curfew remained in force in five police station areas of old city and Hazratbal zone in Srinagar district and Anantnag town in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order," the police official said.

He said restrictions on the movement of the people were in force in rest of the valley. Stringent security arrangements were put in place for the Independence Day celebrations but militants struck in Nowhatta area of the city, killing a CRPF officer and injuring nine other security personnel.

Two ultras were also shot dead in the encounter which began around 7.30 in the morning. Internet and mobile services across the valley remained suspended as part of the security drill ahead of the Independence Day celebrations.

While broadband services were snapped on Saturday evening, the mobile telephony was suspended late in the night on the same day. While all mobile phone services used to be shut during the Independence day celebrations over the past 10 years, BSNL mobiles were working today.

"Only BSNL postpaid mobiles are working while broadband services are available only at Lal Chowk, Sonawar and Bemina telephone exchanges," the official said.

Normal life remained paralysed for the 38th consecutive day due to curfew, restrictions and separatist sponsored strike following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.


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