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Civilian killed, scores injured in protestsYouths attack a police vehicle during clashes in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI

Civilian killed, scores injured in protests

Spontaneous shutdown in Valley post Hizb commander Sabzar Bhat’s killing28 May 2017 | 12:44 AM

SRINAGAR: As the news of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat’s killing spread, it looked somewhat like 2016, when Burhan Wani was killed, which had triggered a long unrest.

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Ishfaq Tantry

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 27

As the news of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat’s killing spread, it looked somewhat like 2016, when Burhan Wani was killed, which had triggered a long unrest. Sabzar along with one of his close aides was killed in a gunfight at Tral in Pulwama district today.

In no time, the situation in Kashmir on Saturday afternoon turned tense as spontaneous protests broke out in the Valley. Shops and businesses in Srinagar and other towns closed down.

In a protest near the encounter site inTral, one person, Moulvi Aqib Ahmadof Khanqah, Tral, was killed after receiving a bullet in the head. More than 10 civilians were injured after being hit by bullets and pellets during clashes near the encounter site. The police, however, said the youth was killed in crossfire. “During crossfire, one person was injured. He was rushed to Tral hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” a police spokesman said. Reports said 20 protesters were injured in Tral today.

By evening, 16 injured persons had been brought to SMHSHospital in Srinagar from various parts of the Valley.

“Of the 16 admitted to the hospital, six have bullet injuries while five have pellet injuries in eyes. Two have received shell injuries,” said Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent, SMHS Hospital.

Classwork in many schools had to be suspended in Srinagar and other towns as college students tried to take out protests, triggering clashes. Clashes between students and security men were witnessed in Kothibagh and Maisuma in Srinagar.

Within hours, the streets in the city wore a deserted look as people headed home fearing more trouble even as stone-throwers engaged with security forces in many areas, including downtown Srinagar.

Sensing more trouble, the authorities have decided to impose curfew in parts of Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of the Kralkhud, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safa kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Batamaloo and Nowhatta police stations.

Protestswere also witnessed in Anantnag, where at least four students were injured, one of them grievously, during clashes with CRPF men. Among them, three received pellet injuries, while one student with a severe head injury was referred to Srinagar in a critical situation, said doctors at Anantnag hospital.By evening, 15 persons had been injured during protests in Anantnag and 14 were injured in Shopian.

In Baramulla, the police resorted to teargas shelling and aerial firing to prevent students of Boys Degree College from coming out on the road.Protests were also reported from Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian, Kupwara and Bandipora districts.


Shutdown call by separatists

Separatist leaders — Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik — have called for a shutdown across Kashmir on Sunday and Monday against what they termed the “use of brute force” on civilian protesters at Tral, where people had tried to march towards the encounter site. They have also called for a march to the Tral area on Tuesday.

‘24 stone-throwing incidents’

Stone-throwing incidents were reported from about two dozen places from various areas of Kashmir on Saturday, the police said in a statement. “The gatherings of miscreants threw stones on the police and camps. They also threw stones on the moving vehicles on the busy roads and in the chowks,” the statement said.

(Inputs by Suhail A Shah)

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News analysis

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28 May 2017 | 12:44 AM

SRINAGAR: Kashmir is always waiting to erupt and it just needs a spark. The killing of Sabzar Bhat, believed to be the successor to Burhan Wani whose death last year had sent tremors across the Valley, played out some flashback scenes of 2016 on Saturday, though at a miniature level to show that the place and the people are not at rest.

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Valley’s ex-police chief presents book to Governor

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Separatists call for bandh after protests in Valley over killing of Hizb commander

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SRINAGAR: Separatists in the Kashmir Valley have called for a two-day shutdown from Sunday over the “use of force” against the protesters following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district.

Mobile internet services suspended in Kashmir

27 May 2017 | 3:35 PM

SRINAGAR: Mobile internet services were suspended in Kashmir Valley on Saturday as a precautionary measure in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in an encounter with security forces in Tral.

Shutdown in Kashmir due to protests over killing of Hizbul commander

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27 May 2017 | 2:36 PM

SRINAGAR: A spontaneous shutdown was on Saturday observed in the Kashmir Valley following violent protests in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, even as a person was injured in Anantnag during clashes with security forces.

Burhan's aide Sabzar Ahmad among 8 militants killed in Kashmir gunfights

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SRINAGAR: Eight militants, including a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander and close aide of Burhan Wani, were killed in two different operations across Kashmir since late Friday evening. (Watch video inside)

Briefly

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Social media ban revoked in Kashmir

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