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Killing of youth sparks tension in Bandipore

SRINAGAR, FEB. 26. Bandipore town in north Kashmir flared up again today following the killing of a youth in police firing, triggering an angry reaction from people who laid siege to the local police station demanding action against the policemen.

Police opened fire when hundreds of people protesting against the alleged beating of some civilians by the Army at Kadura village tried to throng the local stadium where the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, is to hold a public meeting tomorrow.

The Inspector-General of Police (Kashmir), K. Rajendra Kumar, said the police had to open fire when the mob tried to snatch the weapons of the police personnel guarding the stadium.

While Mushtaq Wani, 17, died in the firing, six persons, including two police personnel, were injured.

The killing added to the already rising public anger following the killing of five civilians allegedly used as human shield by the Army during anti-militancy operations earlier this month.

The crowd lifted the siege only after senior police officials pacified them. The situation was normal.

He said that the mob from Kadura, instigated by unscrupulous elements, tried to forcibly burn the podium set for the Chief Minister's rally.