One killed in Kashmir protests

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 05, 2013 12:20 hrs

Srinagar: One person was killed and four were injured allegedly in firing by security forces during protests in Baramulla town in north Kashmir on Tuesday.

Hundreds of residents of Baramulla town took to streets to protest what they alleged ransacking of their houses by the army in the area.

The protesters pelted stones at the army personnel who allegedly opened fire to disperse the mob, official sources said.

One person was killed and four were injured in the firing, they said.

An army spokesman said he was collecting details about the incident.

In a separate incident, clashes broke out between the police and protesters in downtown Srinagar today after a protest march was intercepted by the police, NDTV reported.

The protesters were reportedly shouting slogans against the hanging of Afzal Guru and the death of a Kashmiri student in a Hyderabad on Saturday.

Cops fired smoke shells and pepper grenades to disperse the crowd.  

Shops and business establishments are closed for the second consecutive day today in the Valley after some groups called for a march to Pulwama, the native village of a graduate student in Hyderabad who was found hanging on Saturday evening in his hostel room.

Meanwhile, 3G mobile services have been suspended in Kashmir. Service providers say they were directed by police authorities to suspend services this afternoon.

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