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Kashmir toll hits 80 as youth succumbs to injuries

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Last updated on: September 16, 2016 15:45 IST
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Another youth injured in clashes between security forces last week succumbed on Friday, taking the toll to 80 -- including two policemen -- in the unrest that has gripped the Kashmir Valley since July 8.

Basit Mukhtar was injured by a tear gas shell in clashes on September 5 in South Kashmir’s Pulwama. He died at a hospital in Srinagar during treatment. With this, 80 persons have died in the violent clashes that broke out a day after Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, curfew was re-imposed in many parts of Kashmir on Friday, including summer capital Srinagar, due to apprehension of violence after Friday prayers, even as normal life in the Valley remained paralysed.

“Curfew has been imposed in Srinagar city and towns of Baramulla, Pattan, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama,” a police official said.

The youth was injured by a tear gas shell in clashes on September 5 in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The official said curbs have been imposed to maintain law and order as there have been protests and clashes after Friday prayers in the Valley which has been hit by violence following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in July.

The official said restriction on the assembly of people continues to remain in force.

Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain paralysed in Kashmir for the 70th consecutive day due to restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike.

The separatists have extended the protest programme till September 22. They have not announced any relaxation in the strike even in the evening hours.

Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut while public transport was off the roads.

Schools, colleges and other education institutions also remained closed due to the strike called by the separatist to protest the deaths of civilians.

As many as 80 people including two policemen have been killed in the unrest that broke out a day after Wani was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir on July 8.

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