Youth succumbs to injuries, toll reaches two

Srinagar, Aug 2: With the death of one more youth who was injured allegedly in security force firing on demonstrators in Pulwama, the death toll has risen to two and about 10 others are wounded.
However, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan regretting the death of civilians, reiterated his appeal to people to stay away from site where encounters are taking place between security forces and militants.
Akeel Ahmad Bhat, succumbed in the SKIMS this morning. He was admitted to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in a critical condition after he was injured when security forces opened fire and used pellets to disperse demonstrators who were trying to march towards Hakripora, Newa in Pulwama, where two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including most-wanted Abu Dujana, were killed yesterday.
Yesterday, Firdous Ahmad Khan was killed in the security force firing and over ten others were wounded during demonstrations.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) have called for a general strike today to protest the security force action.
IGP Khan said the authorities have time and again appealed to people not to march towards the area where encounters between militants and security forces are taking place.
However, he warned that anti-militancy operations will continue whether there are “protests or no protests” and “stone pelting or no stone pelting”. People will have to stay away from encounter site for their safety, he said.
About 12 civilians died and scores injures in security force firing on demonstrators near encounter sites during the past about six months in the Kashmir valley, where a new trend has emerged as people are taking to streets immediately after security force launch operation against militants.
Meanwhile the mobile internet services were partially restored in the Kashmir Valley today as the day passed off peacefully.
A police official said the mobile internet services are back in the Valley except in the areas of south Kashmir.
He said the services were restored in view of the improving situation as the day passed off peacefully.
The official said the mobile Internet facility would, however, remain suspended in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure.
The services were suspended yesterday in the wake of protests following the killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, including the outfit’s commander Abu Dujana, in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The train service has been suspended in the Kashmir valley for security reasons following strike called by separatists against the killing of a civilian and injuries to several others in alleged security force firing in Pulwama, where two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including most-wanted Abu Dujana, were killed in an encounter yesterday.
All train runs between Srinagar and Banihal in Jammu region via South Kashmir remained suspended for the fourth day today for security reasons, a senior railway official said this morning.
During the past three days, the train service in south Kashmir remained suspended for security reasons after the killing of two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) local militants in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district July 30.
He said all trains running on Srinagar -Pulwama, Anantnag and Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended.
“We were planning to run the train service from Srinagar to Banihal yesterday, but a fresh advisory was received to suspend all train runs following fresh encounter in Pulwama ,”he said.
The official said that today all trains between Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir have been suspended for security reasons.
The decision to suspend the train service was taken on the advice of local authorities and police in view of apprehension of violence.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation, have called for a general strike today against the death of a civilian and injuries to several others in security force firing and using pelters to disperse demonstrators at Pulwama.
In the past, railway property has suffered massive damage during protests in the valley, where the train services remained suspended for about six months during summer unrest last year.
However, people shuttling daily between north to south via Srinagar or vice versa prefer train service which is being considered most dependable, cheap and safe mode of transport in the Kashmir valley, where frequent traffic jam is a daily routine.