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Tension in Valley after youth shot in Baramulla

Tension in Valley after youth shot in Baramulla
A youth was killed in firing by the security forces against protesters in north Kashmir’s Baramulla on Tuesday, sparking off a wave of violence in the town, police said.

According to police sources, Tahir Lateef Sofi, 29, was killed in firing by security forces at Chatipadshahi Bridge in Baramulla town when protesters, demanding the return of the body of parliament accused convict Afzal Guru, pelted stones at some army vehicles passing on the road.

After the firing incident, a huge mob carrying the body of the slain youth attacked the office of the Baramulla district magistrate.

Senior civil and police officers have rushed to the town.

Sources in the state administration said the Baramulla district magistrate has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the firing incident besides lodging of an FIR against the security personnel responsible for the youth’s death.

Protests also erupted at over a dozen other places during the day in Srinagar, Badgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Bandipora districts.


OMAR BREAKS DOWN IN ASSEMBLY OVER KILLING

J& K chief minister Omar Abdullah broke down in the state assembly when the opposition cornered him over the killing in Baramulla.

One person was killed and four were injured allegedly in firing by security forces during protests in Baramulla town in north Kashmir.  Hundreds of residents of Baramulla town took to streets to protest what they alleged ransacking of their houses by the army in the area.

Meanwhile, he said Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) should be repealed from the places where Army is not required. Omar said the issue of AFSPA is not on the ‘backburner’, and if Irom Sharmila can fast in protest against AFSPA for 12 long years why can’t he just speak against it.

‘The areas where we don’t need Army, AFSPA can be revoked from those places. Our discussion with the Centre on this issue is on and we have not put it on any backburner. I believe that we are right on this issue and we will continue to support our demand,’ Omar said.
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