Three persons have died and fifteen others have been injured in the unfolding protests across Kashmir over the hanging of the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The deceased have been identified as Ubaid Mushtaq of Watergam in district Baramulla and the Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Batwina in district Ganderbal.
Ubaid had received a bullet in his abdomen when a group of youth pelted stones at the passing CRPF vehicles. In response, CRPF fired at the youth injuring four of them, two of them critically. Ubaid later succumbed to his injuries at a Srinagar hospital. One more youth Sajad Zahoor Bhat who has received a bullet in his head is stated to be critical. Watergam falls in the immediate neighbourhood of Doabgah, Guru’s village in Sopore.
Tariq Ahmad, on the other hand, drowned in Jhelum when he hopped on a boat along with two other youth while trying to flee from the police. Zameer Ahmad, 17, who was fleeing along with the deceased Tariq Ahmad Bhat in Batwina village in Ganderbal was also found to have drowned in the Jhelum. One of the fleeing youth was rescued by cops , a police officer said.
There are around fifteen persons who have sustained injuries and are admitted in various hospitals of the Valley.
Meanwhile the Government has called in more forces to prevent the spread of unrest to the countryside. Both Watergam and Batwina fall in the rural belt of the Valley and were not under curfew. The Government has placed Srinagar and the urban areas under curfew. But despite that there have been protests and stone throwing in many parts of the Valley with Sopore, the hometown of Guru, witnessing large scale protests.
The Valley today is also observing the death anniversary of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat. Bhat was executed on this day in 1984 immediately after his group killed a senior Indian diplomat Ravindra Hareshwa Mhatre in Britain to press for his release.