A youth was critically wounded on Sunday as security forces fired at protesters who attacked the house of a Minister in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, defying the curfew imposed after Saturday’s widespread violence.
Clashes between curfew-defying mobs and security forces also occurred in various areas of Srinagar as well as Baramulla and Sopore towns. Two people were injured critically while 12 others, including eight security men and four protesters, sustained minor injuries in the violence.
Meanwhile, a man injured in clashes in Baramulla last week died in hospital, taking to 70 the toll in the violence since June 11.
A youth, identified as Sameer Ahmad Malik, sustained an abdominal injury when security forces fired at a violent mob that attacked the house of Education Minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed in Anantnag district Sunday afternoon, police said.
Four others sustained minor injuries in the firing. The Minister was inside at the time of the attack.
“A mob of around 300 attacked Sayeed’s house in Damhal Khushipora village of Anantnag district today (Sunday) afternoon. The security forces initially used batons and tear smoke shells to disperse the violent mob, but after the stone pelters resorted to sustained violence, security forces had to open fire,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Kashmir) Shafqat Ahmad.
Mr. Malik has been brought to Srinagar for treatment.
In Srinagar, a youth was hit by a tear smoke shell in clashes between security forces and the stone-pelters in Maisuma area. Security forces also resorted to aerial firing as the protesters defied curfew — imposed after Saturday’s violence.
“The youth has been admitted in the hospital and doctors there said his condition is stable,” police here said.
Clashes also occurred in Bemina area.