One killed in firing on protesters


Thirty others were injured in subsequent clashes between the protesters and the police. Undeclared curfew was imposed in the apple rich town of Sopore as a precautionary measure.

The people were protesting over the alleged molestation of a woman by a police officer inside a police station in Baramulla on Sunday. The woman had gone there to meet her arrested husband.

“The protesters turned violent and pelted stones on the police and the CRPF. Police had to open fire as the bursting of smoke shells and cane charge had no effect,” said a police officer.

Three persons sustained bullet injuries. Among the injured, Mohammad Salim Wani died on the spot.

Immediately after the police firing, curfew was imposed in the town.
“In view of the tense situation, we had to impose curfew,” said deputy commissioner Baramulla Latiefu Zaman Deva.

Meanwhile, the hard line faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a Valley wide three-day general strike from Tuesday in protest against the alleged rape and murder of a teenaged girl and her pregnant sister-in-law in Shopian.
A spokesman of the faction said the strike call has also been given since the state government neither identified nor arrested the killers.

Earlier, the Masjlis-e-Mushawarat Shopian (MMS), spearheading the Shopian agitation had called for one day strike in south Kashmir, central Kashmir and north Kashmir on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

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