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Kashmir violence worsens; 3 protestors killed in Anantnag

By Mukhtar Ahmad
Last updated on: June 29, 2010 18:18 IST
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Three persons were killed and three others injured when protestors clashed with security forces in south Kashmir's Anantnag town, which falls on the Amarnath pilgrimage route.


According to a senior police official, mobs indulged in heavy stone pelting on the police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force in the afternoon.


The security forces responded by firing teargas shells and resorted to repeated baton charges, but the mob refused to back down.


The security forces then opened fire, killing two youth identified as Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday, 20, and Imtiyaz Ahmad, 23.


Three critically wounded youth were initially shifted to the local district hospital and then rushed to Srinagar.


Another critically injured youth identified as Sajadul Islam, 25, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Srinagar.


Tension has gripped Anantnag and authorities have moved in fresh reinforcements to beef up the security force.


Tuesday's violent protests led to the closure of the Jammu Amarnath cave shrine route. The annual yatra to the cave shrine in the Himalayas is scheduled to begin on July 1.


Kashmir has witnessed violent protests after four people were killed in the last four days during clashes with the Central Reserve Police Force. The Valley has been paralysed due to a protest shutdown called by separatists.


Image: A man attacks a police vehicle with a wooden plank after police stopped a protest march.
Photograph: Danish Ismail/Reuters

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