Curfew was clamped in downtown Srinagar on Thursday following the death of a youth in firing by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the Nawakadal area on Wednesday.

Bashir Ahmad Bhat (24) was killed and three others injured when CRPF men, accompanying a polling party carrying electronic voting machines after the end of polling in Nawakadal, opened fire on an unruly crowd near Braripora Crossing.

Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Farooq Shah told The Hindu that a magisterial inquiry had been ordered.

Mr. Shah said apprehending a law and order problem, curfew has been clamped in areas falling under seven police stations. He said a few incidents of stone pelting were reported but there was no major violation of the curfew. Mr. Shah said the curfew would continue in areas under five police stations in the capital city interior on Friday.

Almost all separatists as well as political leaders, including National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saifuddin Soz have condemned the death of the youth in CRPF firing.

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