Youth killed in Kashmir firing
According to police sources, Tahir Lateef Sofi, 29, was killed in
firing by security forces at Chatipadshahi Bridge in Baramulla
town when protestors, demanding the return of the body of
parliament accused convict Afzal Guru, pelted stones at some army
between stone-pelting mobs and the security forces continued
Wednesday at many places in Kashmir leaving 15 people injured,
including seven security force personnel, even as curfew continued
in many Srinagar areas and other parts of the Valley.
"Stone-pelting mobs clashed with the security forces in Batamaloo,
Bemina, Parimpora, Zakoora, Soura, Nowhatta, Padshashi Bagh,
Mehjoor Nagar and a couple of other places in Srinagar city,"
police here said.
"Mobs also clashed with the security forces in Sangam Batapora in
Anantnag, Narbal in Badgam, Cement Bridge, Khanpora in Baramulla,
Rahpora Qiomoh in Kulgam and Trehgam in Kupwara district. The
security forces exercised maximum restraint while chasing away the
mobs," police said.
Eight civilians and seven security men, including a deputy
superintendent of police, were injured in the clashes, according
to police sources.
In the morning, authorities imposed curfew in police station areas
of Nowhatta, Khanyar, M.R. Gunj, Rainawari, Safakadal, Zadibal,
Kralkhud and Maisuma in Srinagar and Kulgam, Baramulla, Trehgam
and Sopore towns.
In another incident, doctors in Srinagar carried out a protest
alleging that security forces had roughed up doctors in old city
areas while they were going to attend their duties.
Mobs continued to defy curfew restrictions in Baramulla town
attacking the security forces with stones where a 24-year-old
youth, identified as Tahir Lateef Sofi, died in a firing incident
Police have already registered a first information report against
those involved in the firing incident. The army has also ordered a
time-bound enquiry into the firing incident although an army
spokesman Tuesday denied that the army was involved.
Major General V.G. Khandarey, the division commander stationed in
north Kashmir's Baramulla town, told reporters that a time-bound
enquiry had been ordered into the death of the Baramulla youth.
The officer said that if any lapses were committed by an army
personnel, he would be punished as per laid-down procedure.