1 killed, 2 injured in Kashmir violence

Amidst the ongoing tensions in the valley, the first Kashmiri who topped the civil services examinations, Shah Faesal, on Friday, lashed out at the media for "pitching one Kashmiri against another and breeding more alienation" in the valley rocked by violence over the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani.

However, mobs defied curfew at many places, including Kupwara, Baramulla, Sopore, Ganderbal, Rafiabad, Bandipora, Kulgam and Pulwama, a police official said.

More than 120 persons have received pellet injuries in eyes and many of them have lost their eyesight.

Suspected militants in a south Kashmir village shot at and injured two persons, including a relative of an arrested aide of Wani, police sources said. They strongly condemned the ban which, they said, "is not only reprehensible but also against the norms of a democratic set up".

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A mob attacked a police post at Hatmulla in north Kashmir's Kupwara district this afternoon following which the security personnel retaliated.

Normal life has remained paralysed since Saturday in Kashmir on account of separatist sponsored-strike and curfew-like restrictions imposed by authorities. The decision was taken in view of large number of stone-pelting incidents since Friday. The mosques where prayers could not be offered included the historic Jamia Masjid, Naqshband Sahib shrine and Dastageer Sahib shrine in Srinagar. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across the Valley for strict implementation of the prohibition orders, the official said. "This is one of the ways to contain the mayhem", a senior local government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "We have to be very careful as we have had reports that terrorists are waiting for the chance to infiltrate the border into this side of the Kashmir Valley.

He said the central government will examine the state government's demand for allocation of extra 4.30 lakh million tonnes of foodgrains "at lower rates".

Omar Abdullah, a former Chief Minister and working president of opposition National Conference (NC), while commenting on the past week's incidents and the government's response to these said on micro-blogging site Twitter.com that the "mistakes" committed by his government in 2010 were being "multiplied in 2016". More than 32 people have been killed and over 1,000 injured in disputed Indian-administered Kashmir in days of deadly clashes between government forces and demonstrators angered by the killing of a popular young rebel. It has sought an additional 4.30 lakh tonnes of grain at lower rates.

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