Kashmir unrest: 2 more killed inBlood-soaked Eid in Kashmir; toll climbs to 80

Jammu: It is a blood-soaked Eid in Kashmir on Tuesday after two youth were killed and several others injured when security forces fired on the protestors in the border district of Bandipora.

Despite strict curfew, protests erupted after Eid prayers across Kashmir.

Two youths were killed on Tuesday while several others were injured as fresh clashes broke out between security forces and stone-pelting protesters in Kashmir where authorities have imposed curfew in all 10 districts.

Soon after Eid prayers ended in Bandipora, a group of protesters started hurling stones at security forces who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and pellet guns, a police official said. He said 20-year-old Murtaza Ahmed was hit by a tear smoke shell resulting in his death. Several others were injured in the security forces’ action in Bandipora town.

Clashes were also reported from South Kashmir after a youth, Shahid Ahmed, was killed during fresh protests at Bonpora in Shopian district, another police official said. With these deaths, the toll in the ongoing agitation in Kashmir has risen to 80.

A youth was killed in the security forces action after the clashes erupted in Bandipora post the namaz, prompting the forces to fire tear gas shells. Another youth was killed in Shopian district of South Kashmir.

“Soon after the Eid prayers ended in Bandipora, a group of protestors started pelting stones at security forces who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and pellet guns,” a police official said.

He said 20-year-old Murtaza Ahmed was hit by a tear smoke shell resulting in his death. Several others were injured in the security forces’ action in Bandipora town.

According to the reports, people defied the curfew and staged pro-azadi protests at different places. Protestors turned violent at some places and clashed with the security forces.

All the roads leading to the United Nations Military Observers Group in Indian and Pakistan​ (UNMOGIP) office at Sonawar have been sealed to thwart the Separatists’ Azadi March to submit a memorandum to the UN on the eve of the UN general assembly session.

Meanwhile, the Poonch operation entered into its third day on Tuesday.

Four militants and a cop have been killed while six people, including three army troops have been injured in the encounter which started on Sunday. Police suspects that one to two militants may still be holed up inside the under-construction mini Secretariat complex.

(With agency inputs)