Kashmir: Death toll reaches 23, including a 13 year old
Kashmir continues to be on the edge after protests erupted over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. The Jammu and Kashmir government appealed for calm but on Sunday more clash between protestors and security forces resulted in the death of more civilians.
Report said that Yasmeena, a resident of Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir who had sustained critical bullet injuries succumbed at SMHS hospital Sunday late evening. A 13-year-old boy, identified as Asif of Zainapora Shopian was also killed in police firing.
A policeman was killed in Anantnag when protesters pushed a vehicle into the Jhelum river. The latest fatalities took the death toll in two days of widespread clashes between protesters and security forces in the Kashmir Valley to 22 demonstrators and one policeman.
Kashmir Valley erupted in anger on Saturday after security forces shot dead Burhan Wani, a top leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen, along with two of his associates on Friday. His funeral was attended by thousands.
Most protests have taken place in the northern districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian. Wani hailed from Pulwama. In most places mobs have attacked police and paramilitary forces with stones, leading to tear-gassing and firing.
State Education Minister and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar also urged the separatist Hurriyat Conference to help restore calm in the Kashmir Valley, where a separatist campaign has left many thousands dead since 1989.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, offering all possible help from New Delhi.
Four demonstrators, who were wounded on Saturday died on Sunday. Eleven people were killed on Saturday. The separatists have called for a valley-wide shutdown till Monday to protest against Wani’s killing.