Srinagar: Two civilians killed in security forces 'firing'

29 January, 2018, 11:07 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Protesters in Kashmir

Two boys, Javed Ahmed Bhat and Suhail Javed Lone were killed by the Army when their convey was pelted with stones on Saturday.

The Joint Resistrance Leadership (JRL) comprising separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik for a protest shudwon against the killings on Sunday.

Two girls were also seriously injured in Thursday's incident.

The deputy police commissioner of Shopian has been asked to probe the incident and submit a report within 20 days.

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"Will single out all the stone-pelters and put them behind bars.they will learn a lesson", he said, lashing out the amnesty scheme by the government for stone-pelters in the state. High-speed mobile internet services remained shut throughout the day and were later restored at night. As a preventive measure, they have curbed movement of people in the jurisdictions of Srinagar's Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and MR Gunj police stations.

Sitharaman told the chief minister that she would seek a detailed report in connection with the incident, he added.

The residents of Ganowpora have claimed that the troops opened fire onto a group of youth after "few stones" were hurled at their vehicles.

Seven Army personnel were also sustained injuries and eleven vehicles were damaged in the clash, the statement said.

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Meanwhile, SSP Shopian Shriram Ambarkar said they have registered an FIR against the army.

The Army on the other side said that it opened fire in self-defence after a convoy came under heavy stone-pelting by protesters who tried to snatch the weapon of a soldier and lynch him.

It further said, "Within no time, their numbers swelled to 200-250 persons".

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