17 more injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir
65 people, including two policemen, have been killed and several thousand others injured in clashes that began on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan?Wani was killed by security forces in the Kokernag area of Anantnag district. Photograph: (Reuters)
At least 17 people were injured after fresh protests broke out in the Shopian district of Kashmir and security forces fired pellets at stone pelters. Thirteen of the injured were discharged after being administered first-aid at a local hospital.
Hundreds of people from Vehil village were protesting this afternoon against the recent civilian killings in the Kashmir valley when some "miscreants" started pelting stones at security forces, a police official said.
The forces retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and pellet guns, the official said.
"Four of the injured have been referred to hospitals in Srinagar for specialised treatment," he added.
Reports of stone pelting were also received from Nowgam area of the city, Khushhaalpora in Sopore area of Baramulla district and Bandipora town, the official said.
The protest comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there was a need to find a permanent solution to the problem within the framework of the Constitution.
65 persons, including two policemen, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the clashes that began on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces in the Kokernag area of Anantnag district.
Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed in the Valley for the 46th consecutive day due to curfew, and the separatist-called strike.
Shops, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport continued to stay off the roads. Mobile internet also continued to remain suspended in the entire Valley, and calling facilities on prepaid mobiles remained barred.