Two Civilians Killed In Kashmir
By Tajamul Islam & Sofi Iqbal
30 July, 2010
Agence India Press
Baramulla: Two youths have been killed and fifteen others wounded as security forces opened fire on protesters in Sopore and Kreeri in Baramulla north districts of Kashmir.
There are reports of widespread protests across the Kashmir region.
According to reports, two youth were killed and six persons received bullet injuries when paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Railway Protection Force Personnel (RPF) opened fire on a group of protesters at Amargarh in Sopore after Friday prayers. Those killed have been identified as Mohammad Ahsan Ganai and Showkat Ahmad Wagay.
Meanwhile the condition of the 22-year-old Iqbal Khan who, among several others, was injured in firing by paramilitary forces in Chanapora area, Srinagar on Friday morning continues to be in a critical condition.
Dr Amin Taabish, Medical Superintendent of the Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, told Agence India Press that Iqbal's condition is still "not stable.
He is on ventilator in ICU. He has deep injury on the left side of his face and eye.
About half a dozen people with injuries have been admitted to various hospitals in Srinagar with bullet wounds.
Authorities have imposed curfew in several areas of Srinagar city and old town of south Kashmir township of Anantnag in view of mounting tensions and attempts by people to hold street demonstrations.
According to reports, a large number of people took to streets in Chanapora and Natipora areas on Friday responding to the Hurriyat call to march towards Maisuma. They were also protesting against the alleged atrocities committed by security forces there on Thursday during a demonstration. The protesters were engaged by paramilitary troopers and a clash ensued. As the protesters grew in number and began to march towards the Airport Road, paramilitary troopers opened fire, injuring several people.
Paramilitary and police forces have again opened fire at protesters at Rambagh on the Airport Road. Details about the incident are awaited.
As many as 15 civilians have been killed in the Valley since June 11 in alleged firing by security forces. Two were drowned during protests between unruly mobs and security forces.
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