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Kashmir: 7 protestors killed in police firing

By Mukhtar Ahmad and Krishnakumar P in Srinagar
Last updated on: August 12, 2008 13:38 IST
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Seven persons have been killed in firing by security forces on protestors in Kashmir Valley, where an indefinite curfew has been imposed.

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Police said 80 persons, including police and paramilitary personnel, were injured in Tuesday's violence.

Army opened fire on protestors at Bandipore, 55 km north of Srinagar, resulting in the death of three persons and injuries to five others.

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Two persons were killed when policemen opened fire at Lasjan in the city outskirts on Tuesday morning

One person was killed police firing at Rainawari in old city, where a violent mob torched the house of a senior National Conference leader Mohammad Syed Akhoon.

Another person, identified as Mohammad Rafique, died in firing by the Central Reserve Police Force at Nagbal area of North Kashmir's Ganderbal district.

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Police said four others, who were injured in police firing, were taken to the Saura Medical Institute for treatment.    
Police sources said that processions have been taken out in almost all towns of Kashmir against Monday's 'excessive use of force' against protestors.

Some protestors defied the curfew restrictions and took out processions in Srinagar on Tuesday morning, prompting the police to fire warning shots and use tear gas and baton charges.
The body of slain Hurruyat leader Sheikh Aziz has been kept in Jamia Mosque at Nowhatta in the old city area, where thousands of people have gathered for his last rites.

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The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has called for a three-day strike to protest his death.
Separatist leaders have also been insisting that both Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq  and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who are under house arrest, be allowed to attend Aziz's funeral.

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Hundreds of fruit growers, who were part of Monday's march to Muzaffarabad and were halted near Chahal by the security forces, have started returning to north Kashmir's Barramulla town.
Police and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the valley to enforce the curfew.
Army troops have been kept on standby and they are assisting the state authorities in imposing the curfew in rural areas of the Valley. 

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Mukhtar Ahmad and Krishnakumar P in Srinagar