July 10: The death toll in violence in Kashmir Valley on Sunday rose to 16 after a youth was killed and four other persons succumbed to the injuries they sustained in Saturday’s clashes with security forces.
Irfan Ahmad Malik, 17, was killed in fresh firing in Pulwama district where a curfew-defying mob attacked the security forces, a senior police official said.
Four other persons, identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mandoo, Mashooq Ahmad and Safeer Ahmad, all from Anantnag district, and Mohammmad Altaf Rather from Pulwama district died at a hospital on Sunday.
Curfew was imposed in the entire valley on Sunday after 11 protesters were killed in violent clashes with security forces on Saturday, triggered by the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, officials said.
Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar Hussain Samoon said curfew has been imposed in the entire valley from midnight to enforce law and order. He also appealed to the people to help authorities in restoring peace and normality.
Various reports from other district headquarters have revealed that curfew was being imposed strictly as more deployments of police and para military forces have been made. But people have also defied curfew at many places. Sources said that attempts to defy the restrictions were made at Ganderbal, Kupwara, Sopore and Pulwama. In various places pro Azadi songs are being played on loudspeakers of moseques and people asked to defy curfew.
Kashmir valley erupted in violent demonstrations on Saturday after top Hizbul Mujhideen commander Burhan Wani was killed along with his two associates in South Kashmir. He was buried in his home town Tral yesterday and tens of thousands of people attended his funeral.