Fresh protests in Kashmir

At least four persons were injured in fresh protests in Kashmir with authorities relaxing curfew for three hours in some parts of Srinagar on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, the indefinite curfew which was imposed in the Valley on Saturday after the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in Tihar jail, continued for the fourth consecutive day.

Reports said at least three persons were wounded when para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters at Sheeri in north Kashmir’s Barmualla district.

The injured, identified as Rashid-ul-Islam, Arif Ahmad, Abid Ahmad and Muzamil Ahmad, have been admitted to the district hospital.

Hospital sources said Muzamil received pellet injuries on his left eye while the other three have been fired above the waist. Rashid and Arif have been shifted to Srinagar hospitals for specialised treatment.

Official sources said police on Tuesday arrested two CRPF personnel for firing on protesters in Warergam area in Baramulla on Sunday in which one teenager was killed and five others injured.

Sub-District Magistrate, Sopore, Nayeem Balkhi confirmed that the two CRPF personnel were arrested for firing on protesters who pelted stones on them. He said that the CRPF men of 92 Battalion fired without any permission from a magistrate.

The magistrate said that the CRPF didn’t follow Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and they should have responded with baton-charge to deal with the situation.

Meanwhile, authorities relaxed curfew for three hours in five police station areas of Srinagar City, which largely remained unaffected from the protests against Guru’s hanging.

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