Teenager Killed in Kashmir as Security Forces Open Fire
A 16-year-old student was killed and three persons were injured in a police firing in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Security personals opened fire at the people who were protesting against the killing of three people in Handwara. In many parts of North Kashmir people braving curfew are protesting against the Handwara incident. With this incident number of people killed in last two days has gone up to five.
Trouble started in this town which is located 75 km from Srinagar after a local girl alleged that a security person molested her. The security persons resorted to indiscriminate firing when people started protesting against them. Yesterday another person was killed after he got injured in a police action. Curfew is imposed in Handwara and Kupwara are continue to be under curfew.
Today also there was complete shut down in the entire area due to strike called by various separatist organisations. Yesterday, the police disconnected the mobile and internet services saying the anti-national forces are resorting to violence using communication networks.
Police and security forces is still not allowing delegation of the separatists group Hurriyat and main opposition National Conference from entering the troubled area. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called this action as undemocratic.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the security forces to show maximum restraint when dealing with protesting people. She met Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar after the trouble broke out in the region. Army has ordered an enquiry and assured the CM that action will be taken according to the findings of the report.
Rights groups are alleging that the immunity enjoyed by the security forces through Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is responsible for the ever increasing human rights violations. Major political parties in Kashmir has repeatedly asked to repeal the AFPSA.