Waseem Lone, 22, was working in a field when army men fired at him: Uncle
• Govt imposes curfew, restrictions to foil Friday protests
• Friday prayers disallowed at Jamia, other mosques for 11th week
• Cops rain pellets, tear gas shells on protestors across Valley
• 100 injured in forces firing, over two dozen sustain pellet injuries
• Langate Sarpanch, Panchs, Ward members announce resignations
• Banihal observes shutdown against Kashmir killings
A youth was killed in army’s firing in Nadihal, Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday, taking the death toll of people killed in ongoing unrest triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani to 88.
The authorities today enforced tough curfew in parts of Srinagar and other towns to foil Friday protests while force personnel rained pellets and tear gas shells on protestors injuring over 100 people, with two over dozen being hit by pellets.
22-year-old Waseem Ahmad Lone, son of Nazir Ahmad Lone of Nadihal Rafiabad, was critically injured when army men fired on protestors in the area after one of their vehicle came under stone pelting.
Lone was rushed to District Hospital Baramulla where he succumbed to injuries
Lone’s uncle told a local news gathering agency KNS that no protest were ongoing in the area.
“However, army came and fired on Lone, causing his death,” he said.
He said Lone was working in the fields when army men opened fire.
The youth’s killing triggered massive protests in the area with people in large numbers including men and women taking to roads and staging protests amidst chanting of pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India anti-army slogans.
With the death of Lone, the death toll of people killed in over two month unrest in the Valley triggered by Burhan Wani’s killing has risen to 88. Over 11000 civilians have also been injured in forces action in the Valley since July 9.
Meanwhile, police and CRPF men enforced curfew-like restrictions in seven police stations areas in Srinagar and other towns of the Valley.
The cops had placed barricades and concertina wires on the roads to restrict movement of people.
Due to security curbs, Friday prayers were not offered in Jamia Masjid, Srinagar and many other mosques and shrines in the Valley. It was for the 11th consecutive week that Friday prayers were disallowed in Jamia and many other major mosques in the Valley.
The curbs and separatists-sponsored shutdown crippled life for 77th consecutive day today. All shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport was off the roads.
The youth took to roads at Barzulla after Friday prayers and staged anti-India demonstrations. Chanting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, the protestors clashed with police and CRPF men, who fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.
During the clashes, the cops arrested a youth. He was beaten by the cops before being bundled into a police vehicle.
An elderly person was also detained by cops after manhandling him.
The clashes between youth and cops also took place at Natipora, Rambagh and n downtown areas of Eidgah, Habba Kadal and Noorbagh.
The police and CRPF men fired dozens of tear smoke shells in Batamaloo area during protests while they were leaving the area in the evening. Some of the shells landed inside residential houses.
The locals of New Colony and Ziyarat area of Batamaloo said the cops deliberately fired tear gas shells inside the houses during the protests.
People in Dalgate area staged protests after the paramilitary personnel beat pedestrians and imposed severe restrictions on their movement.
The residents of Nawa Kadal alleged that the forces conducted nocturnal raids in the area. “During the raid, the cops barged into houses, beat the inmates and damaged the property”.
They alleged that the cops arrested three youth. “When the local population tried to resist their arrests, the cops fired several rounds in air”.
At least a dozen people were injured when forces used force to foil Char chalo call given by the separatists.
The cops had sealed the entire Charar-e-Sharief town to foil the march. However, when people from Gulshanabad and its adjoining areas tried to march towards Chrar, they were intercepted by police and CRPF men. The cops fired pellets and tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors. At least 12 people sustained injuries in the forces action. Some of the injured were hit by pellets in chest and other body parts.
Locals said cops also arrested six protestors.
Police arrested Hurriyat (G) leader Mohammad Yousuf Sofi from Hajin area of Bandipora district.
Sofi, a resident of Brar village, was arrested while he was coming out from Jamia Masjid, Hajin after offering Friday prayers.
People in large numbers took to roads to stage protests against his arrest. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding his immediate and unconditional release.
The residents of Ajas offered Friday congregation prayers in Eidgah. Later, they held a protest rally in Ajas Chowk amidst chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans slogans.
The clashes took place between youth and cops in Kaloosa and Ajar areas of Bandipra.
In Madder area of Bandipora, police and CRPF men smashed the window and glass panes of residential houses after protests in the area.
The clashes also took place between youth and cops in Saloosa Kreeri area of Baramulla district after forces disallowed people to offer Friday congregation prayers at Saloosa. The cops fired tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the protestors. Many people sustained injuries in the forces action.
Meanwhile, according to local news gathering agency, KNS, several Panchs, Ward members and a Sarpanch publically announced their resignation after congregational prayers in Kralgund area of Langate in Kupwara district,
Lateef Ahmad Naikoo, Sarpanch of Block Gund Chugootra addressed people after the prayers and said that he alongwith other Panchs and Deputy Sarpanchs have decided to resign from the party as well as from the positions.
Others, who announced their resignation included Lateeef Ahmad Sarpanch (AIP), Deputy Sarpanch, Muhammad Shafi Wani (Congress), Ward members including Muhammad Maqbool Khan, Khazir Muhammad Gazi, Muhammad Abdullah Wani, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Gazi, Ghulam Muhammad Gazi, Abdul Razaq Lone, Fareeda Begum, Naseema Begum and Rafiqa Begum.
People staged protests in Pampore and adjoining areas against arrest of three youth by police.
Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding release of the youth, who were detained by police during the overnight raid.
Over two dozen people were injured when forces foiled a pro-freedom rally in Sofshali, Kokernag in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The locals said cops fired tear smoke shells and pellets towards the protesters to foil the rally.
They said over two dozen people sustained injuries in the forces action. “20 were injured by pellets while a 50-year-old man was hit by a teargas shell near ear lobe”.
In Banihal town of Ramban, complete shutdown was observed for the 3rd consecutive day today. The shutdown call was given by Beopar Mandal Banihal and Imam Jaima Markazi Masjid.
Authorities had deployed contingents of CRPF, SSB and police in Banihal to prevent people from taking to roads and staging anti-India demonstrations.