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Baramulla youth killed in police firing

Srinagar, July 19, 2010:

Kashmir is simmering over repeated killings of protestors
Kashmir is simmering with anger over repeated killings of protestors. / Photo: Aabid Nabi

One youth was killed and several others injured Monday evening when police fired on people protesting the death of another youth drowned allegedly after a police chase in Baramulla town of Indian administered Kashmir, witnesses said.

The death takes the toll of youth killed in police and paramilitary action on protestors to 17 in recent weeks.

Today’s procession which was heading towards deputy commissioners office in Baramulla began soon after the body of nine-year-old Faizan Ahmad Buhroo was fished out from River Jehlum.

Buhro was drowned on Saturday allegedly during a police chase of protesters in the town.

Locals alleged Buhroo was forcibly pushed into the river by policemen.

“The people tried to march toward Deputy Commissioner’s office along with body of teenager. However, the policemen fired bullets and tear smoke shells to break the protests, during which a youth was killed and several others were injured,” said Jalil Ahmad, a local resident told Kashmir Newz over telephone from Baramulla.

In a statement issued late night, a police spokesman claimed that someone among the mob fired and threw a grenade which did not explode.

“The forces deployed fired in air in self defence.” The spokesman said.

The slain youth was identified as Fayaz Ahmad Khanday of Kreeri Baramulla.

The other injured have been removed to hospitals in Baramula and the critical ones were referred to Srinagar hospitals.

The incident has triggered fresh protests in the town, where hundreds of people including women have took to streets.

The state government is facing pressure because of the repeated instances of police firing on protests and funerals.

The federal Congress led government in New Delhi has given full support to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, with which it runs a coalition government in Indian administered Kashmir.

Abdullah says he has asked police and paramilitary to exercise restraint in dealing with protestors, and threatened strong action against stone pelting protestors.

According to local newspapers police have rounded up around a 1000 youth, mostly minors, on charges of stone pelting across the Kashmir Valley.

Most have been arrested during night raids on their homes and localities.

Meanwhile a separatist sponsored strike kept normal life crippled across Kashmir Valley today.

For most of the last five weeks Kashmir has been shutdown by curfews or strikes paralysing the region.

Hardline faction of separatist alliance All Parties Hurriyat Conference has launched a “Quit Kashmir Movement” in the region and urged people to protest against the civilian killings.

The alliance has been asking people to follow their protest programme to stage demonstrations.

The region was open briefly on Saturday, as separatists called for half day of break in protests and shutdowns.

Police has arrested many separatists including the most influential Syed Ali Shah Geelani and President of Jammu Kashmir Bar Association, Mian Qayoom.

They have been booked under Public Safety Act which lets police to detain a person without a trail for up to two years.

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