Eight killed in Kashmir protests over Wani’s death

Srinagar, July 9 (IANS) At least eight protesters were killed in clashes between security forces and people protesting the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

At least 95 people, including security personnel, were injured, said Additional Director general of Police, CID, S.M. Sahai and Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S.J.M. Geelani at a press conference here.

The protesters killed were identified as Aijaz Ahmed Thokru, a resident of Siligam in Anantnag, Yawar Manzoor Kondru of Anantnag, Khursheed Ahmed of Kulgam and Zubair Ahmed also of Kulgam, who was injured on Friday but succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, Adil Bashir of Dooru, Anantnag, Abdul Hamid Mochi, or Arwami village in Anantnag, Shaukat Ahmed of Bijbehara and Mohammad Asif of Kukurnag.

All except Kondru who drowned in the Jhelum as security forces sought to disperse a violent mob were killed when security forces retaliated to attacks by violent mobs on police stations, mobile posts, security force pickets, police patrol and security force vehicles, the officials said.

According to the officials, the mobs also burned down a police station in south Kashmir, and also attacked private and public vehicles on the highway.

The administration also announced that all exams from school to university level had been postponed as well as the National Eligibility Test and interviews of the State Public Commission.

Meanwhile, the separatists announced that they will continue their shutdown on Sunday and Monday too to protest the “killing spree by the Indian security forces”.

Protests swept the entire Kashmir Valley after the death of Wani, along with two of his associates in a gunfight with security forces in Bamdoora (Kokernag) village of Anantnag district on Friday.

He was buried on Saturday in his home village Tral in Pulwama district in the presence of 20,000 people who defied curfew.



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