Srinagar, Sept. 7: Four people were killed and more than a dozen injured in Kashmir on a day authorities made heavy security deployments after separatists called for a shutdown against Zubin Mehta’s concert.
Police said two unidentified “anti-national elements” died in retaliatory CRPF firing in Shopian town after targeting jawans. Three more people were injured, two of whom later died. The police claimed to have recovered a pistol, two grenades and a phone they said had been used by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.
The Opposition People’s Democratic Party and residents claimed the four were innocent. “The youths have reportedly been gunned down in broad daylight without any provocation,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said.
Thousands took to the streets after the firing. Young men threw stones at the police, prompting the force to use batons and smoke shells to disperse the mob. Curfew-like restrictions were enforced.
Massive protests also broke out in Srinagar’s Maisuma locality after the security forces fired at a car and injured an occupant. The car had allegedly been asked to stop but didn’t.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik sat on dharna and was later arrested.
At Pulwama in south Kashmir, militants lobbed a grenade towards police near the district hospital, injuring a civilian and 11 policemen, some of them seriously.