Two killed, 10 injured in Kashmir violence (Third Lead)

November 22nd, 2008 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Nov 22 (IANS) Two young men were killed and 10 were injured in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday when police and paramilitary troopers fired at people protesting against the holding of elections in the state, officials and eyewitnesses said. The deaths sparked off wide demonstrations, prompting the government to order a probe.

The killings took place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town, which will see voting Dec 7 in the staggered state elections that end Dec 24.

The violence erupted when a mob of anti-election protesters resorted to heavy stone pelting on the escort vehicle of Congress candidate Mir Mushtaq in Khanpora locality of the town, 55 km from here, the police said.

Manzoor Ahmed Kumar, a Class 10 student, died on the spot after being hit in the chest, eyewitnesses told IANS on the phone.

Tension gripped the town as the protesters carried the body of the slain youth and marched towards the curfew-bound old town shouting anti-election and anti-India slogans.

The paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) then opened fired at the funeral procession injuring at least 11.

“One of the injured, Tanvir Ahmad Sheikh, died in the security force firing and 10 sustained bullet injuries in the old town area of Baramulla,” a police official said.

“We have referred 10 injured persons, who reported here with critical injuries, to Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment,” a doctor said on the phone from Baramulla.

After anti-election protests in Baramulla town Friday, the authorities clamped curfew to quell demonstrations.

An official spokesman said the government has ordered a magisterial probe into the firing incidents in Baramulla town.

“The probe will be conducted by the additional district magistrate of Baramulla district,” the spokesman said.

Angry protesters engaged security forces in heavy stone pelting in the town as high tension gripped the area after the killings.

Clashes between the stone throwing mobs and the security forces in the town forced the authorities to call additional troops to bring the situation under control.

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