Teen killed in fresh clashes in Kashmir, death toll reaches 69
A 15-year-old youth died on Wednesday in fresh clash between security personnel and protesters in the Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The clash occurred after the government authorities had lifted curfew in the Valley, ending 53 continuous days of restriction.
The death toll in the ongoing unrest that erupted since July 8 in the Valley has reached 69.
The victim — Danish Manzoor — and six other protesters sustained injuries when security forces allegedly opened fire at stone-pelting protesters in Lodora in Sopore area. Danish succumbed to injuries while being shifted to a hospital in Sopore town.
“Curfew has been lifted even from the two police station areas in Srinagar — M R Gunj and Nowhatta — the only places in the Valley where the curbs were in place yesterday. There is no curfew anywhere in Kashmir today,” a police official said earlier.
Official said the improvement in situation across Kashmir prompted the authorities to lift curfew. Security forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas of the Valley to maintain law and order, the official said.
Meanwhile, the separatist camp, which is spearheading the agitation, has extended their strike call till September 1.
Mobile internet, however, continued to remain suspended in the entire Valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred.