Srinagar, August 03 (KMS): The killing spree by Indian troops continues as at least 17 protesters have been killed and over three hundred injured in two days due to the indiscriminate firing of the troops in the Kashmir Valley. Nine persons were killed and over 180 injured when police and paramilitary CRPF men opened fire on protesters at several places in the valley on Monday. Of those martyred, two teenagers were killed in Kulgam, two in Sangam and one each in Karalpora, Kakapora and Batamaloo when CRPF troops and police opened fired on protesters. Locals at Sangam said that the troops caught hold of a handicapped 17-year-old youth, Arshid Ahmad Bhat and tortured him to death.
A seven-year-old boy, Sameer Ahmad Rah was beaten to death by CRPF troopers at Batamaloo. Locals told mediamen that Sameer was playing outside his house at SD Colony when a CRPF party caught hold of him. “He shouted pro-freedom slogans which infuriated the CRPF men. They beat him till he died,” they added.
A 22-year-old Imam, Muhammad Yaqoob Bhat, was killed in Kakapora when police and CRPF troops fired upon peaceful protesters who were on way to Khrew to express solidarity with the families of people killed in a blast in a local police station on Sunday. Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people from different villages were marching towards Khrew. On reaching Kakapora they were intercepted by police and CRPF troops and stopped from moving ahead. While 13 other people sustained bullet injuries, Yaqoob was also hit by a bullet in the chest and killed on the spot.
Meanwhile, Tariq Ahmad Shiekh, 17, who was injured by the troops on Saturday in Bijbehara, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Srinagar. At least 36 persons were injured in Bijbehara town when police and troops resorted to firing on Shiekh’s funeral procession at Jablipora. Over 180 people were injured in troops and police actions in Nowhatta, Rawalpora, Bemina, Batamaloo, Hyderpora, Rawalpora, Sanat Nagar, Hazratbal, Harwan, Budgam, Khrew, Bijbehara, Qazigund, Kupwara, Trehgam, Kralpora, Handwara, Kangan, Ganderbal, Wudipora, Kulangam, Langate, Pampore, Naidkhai, Bandipora, Pulwama, Islamabad, Kulgam, Awantipora, Shopian, Kakapora, Kralpora, Sangam and Bijbehara areas.
The angry protestors attacked police stations, government buildings at several places and set ablaze a shed of railway station in Budgam.