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Kashmir Unrest: Teenager Killed in Fresh Clashes

Tensions between the state and civilians in Kashmir have not subsided. Photo taken during April, 2016 Credit: PTI

Tensions between the state and civilians in Kashmir have not subsided. Photo taken during April, 2016 Credit: PTI

Srinagar: A 15-year-old boy was killed on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and violent protesters in Sopore area, Baramulla district in northern Kashmir, taking the death toll, in the ongoing unrest in the valley, to 69.

Danish Manzoor and six other people sustained injuries when security forces allegedly opened fire at stone-pelting protesters in Lodora in Sopore area, a police official said.

He said Manzoor succumbed to injuries while being shifted to a hospital in Sopore town.

Fresh clashes occurred even as authorities lifted curfew from all areas of Kashmir on Wednesday after 53 days.

“There is no curfew anywhere in Kashmir today. It has been lifted even from the two police station areas in Srinagar – M.R. Gunj and Nowhatta – the only places in the valley where the curbs were in place yesterday,” a police official said earlier.

He said improvement in the situation across Kashmir prompted authorities to lift curfew.

Security forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas of the valley to maintain law and order, the official said.

Greater movement of vehicular traffic and people was observed in major areas of the valley, he added

In Srinagar city, where authorities lifted the curfew on Monday, private cars and auto-rickshaws were seen on roads in and around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

However, normal life remained disrupted in many other areas of the valley.

While schools, colleges and other educational institutions and shops remained closed, the attendance in government offices and work in banks had improved since Monday, according to the official.

Curfew was first imposed in the entire valley on July 9 in the violent aftermath of Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, being killed in an encounter in Kashmir s Anantnag district a day earlier.

The separatist camp, which is spearheading the agitation in the valley, has extended their strike call till September 1.

Meanwhile, mobile internet continued to remain suspended in the entire valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred.