Kashmir on the boil as class XI student killed in army firing, 5th death in four days


Situation in Kashmir deteriorated on Friday after one more teenager was killed in army firing bringing the number of civilians’ dead to five.

According to PTI, 47 others, including over 40 security personnel, were injured in clashes that rocked many parts of the valley, spreading beyond Kupwara, the epicentre of the four-day unrest.

18-year-old Arif Hussain Dar, a class XI student, was killed while three others sustained bullet injuries when army opened fire to disperse stone-pelting mobs outside a camp in Nathnusa area of Kupwara, 100 kms from Srinagar, a police official said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep anguish over the Dar’s death and made desperate plea to people to remain vigilant against what she said were nefarious designs of elements who wanted to distrub peace in the state.

The local residents were protesting against the killing of four persons — three in Handwara on Tuesday and one in Drugmulla on Wednesday — in action by security forces against protestors who were demonstrating against alleged molestation of a girl.

The three injured persons were referred to SMHS hospital here for specialised treatment, the official said.

An army official said the forces opened fire only after the mobs tried to storm the camp.

“A group of protesters were pelting stones at the (army) camp but the soldiers exercised restraint. However, the situation started going out of hand as a large number of them tried to storm the camp from all directions,” he said.