Youth injured in firing during strike

Youth injured in firing during strike

During a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of a civilian by the BSF on Saturday, a youth was injured when security forces opened fire to disperse the crowd.

The incident took place on Sunday in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, even as normal life was affected by the strike across the Valley.

Reports said that clashes had erupted in the Heff village of Pulwama after forces launched an operation following inputs about the presence of militants.

“After the forces left the village, stones were hurled at them near the village of Achan. In retaliation, they opened fire, injuring a protester,” a resident of the area said.

The police said that a petrol bomb was hurled at a CRPF party in the Rainawari area of old city Srinagar, but no one was hurt in the incident.

No public transport
Due to the strike, shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut, and there were no public transportation services.

However, private vehicles were seen plying in Srinagar and other district headquarters.
The authorities had deployed the police and CRPF to prevent demonstrations.

Sensitive areas covered
Reports said that hundreds of policemen in riot gear were deployed in the sensitive areas of Srinagar and other towns to thwart any possible protests.

The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for a shutdown to protest the killing of Sajjad Ahmed, who was killed when Border Security Force (BSF) personnel opened fire on a group of people hurling stones at them at Reka chowk in Batamaloo area on Saturday evening.

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