Protests in Baramulla, Sumbal, 1 dead
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As the curfew entered its second day in Kashmir, a 29-year-old civilian was killed when three men jumped into the river after reportedly being chased by the CRPF in Sumbal. The death sparked massive protests.
In two separate incidents, six people were injured, two of them critically, when CRPF personnel reportedly opened fire on protesters at Watergam and Baramulla.
In Sumbal, the villagers alleged that Tariq Ahmad Bhat died when he jumped into the river after being chased by CRPF personnel. "There were protests going on in the village when the CRPF chased them. Three boys, on the banks of river, jumped into a boat to cross the river. The CRPF men boarded another boat and started beating them. This forced the boys to jump into the river," said Shokwat Ahmad, an eyewitness.
The police said that the youth died due to boat capsize. "A boat ferrying people over the Jhelum capsized. Six persons fell in the water. Five were rescued. Bhat drowned. His body was handed over to his relatives," said police spokesperson Manoj Kumar.
In a separate incident, the CRPF allegedly open fired on protesters at Watergam in Sopore, injuring four persons. Two of them are critical and have been shifted to Srinagar. While Sajad Zahoor was hit by a bullet in his head, Obaid Ahmad was hit in his abdomen. "The personnel of 92 battalion of CRPF opened fire when they were attacked by protesters," said SP, Sopore, Imtiyaz Hussain.
At Khanpora in Baramulla, a boy was injured after being hit by a tear smoke shell in his right eye. Protests also rocked Baramulla town after Armymen from the Stadium Colony camp entered the Azad Ganj neighbourhood, allegedly beat residents and damaged windowpanes of houses.
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