Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: A curfew was strictly imposed since morning in Baramulla district, 65 km north of Srinagar, and Sopore, 55 km north of Srinagar, as the authorities feared protests in these areas. Despite curfew, there were reports of massive protests in the town against the death of two youth from the area one, Faizan Ahmad, died after he drowned into a river in a police chase two days ago and 23-year-old Fayaz Ahmad Khanday fell to bullets fired on the funeral of Faizan.
Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to baton charges to disperse protesters in Baramulla, where a 25-year-old youth was killed and several others were wounded when security forces opened fire last evening.
Fayaz, who was married only 28 days ago, was declared brought dead by the doctors in the district hospital while another critically wounded was referred to Srinagar hospital.
Trouble started in the downtown when people again took to the streets today, raising separatist and anti Indian slogans.
At least 22 people, including half-a-dozen policemen were wounded in clashes as people defied curfew for the second consecutive day Tuesday against the killing of two youth, allegedly by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops and police in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Additional security force personnel had been deployed in the town. All bridges on river Jehlum, connecting down town with civil lines had been closed with barbed wire.
Defiant protesters tried to lift the barricades. Fearing trouble, CRPF and police lobbed numerous tear smoke shells to quell the demonstrators.
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