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Three Dead, Five Injured As Fresh Clashes Erupt in Kashmir

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A file photo of security forces and protesters in Kashmir. Credit: PTI

Srinagar: Three people were killed and five were injured in fresh clashes between stone-pelting protesters and security forces in the Magam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 61.

People were killed in retaliatory action by security forces after a group of protesters pelted stones at a CRPF vehicle at Aripathan in the Magam area this morning, a police official said.

Curfew, meanwhile, remained in force in the entire Srinagar district and Anantnag town, while restrictions were in place in the rest of the Valley as normal life remained paralysed for the 39th consecutive day.

The official said curfew and restrictions had been imposed to thwart plans of separatists to organise sit-in protests at main market places of the Valley against the killing of civilians.

“Curfew remained in force in entire Srinagar district and Anantnag town in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the police official said

Schools, colleges and private offices remained closed and public transport remained off the roads because of the strike called by separatists. The attendance in government offices was thin.

Internet and mobile services across the Valley remained suspended. While broadband services were snapped on Saturday evening, mobile telephony was suspended late in the night on the same day.

Normal life has been affected due to protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

Sixty-one people, including two cops, have been killed so far and several thousands have been injured in the clashes that began on July 9.