Baramulla: Shutdown continues, 5 injured

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Srinagar:  Five people were injured on Monday when locals protesting the killing of a 12-year-old boy clashed with police in Baramulla, North Kashmir.

A complete shutdown continued in the town for the fourth consecutive day. Shops, business establishments, educational and semi-government institutions remained closed and traffic was off the roads in the town.

Scores of people defied prohibitory orders and tried to march towards the main chowk in the town but police prevented them leading to the clashes. The protesters were demanding action against the policemen allegedly responsible for the killing of Irfan Ahmad Lone, a Class VII student, in a tear gas shelling on Friday last.

Irfan was killed and four others were injured when police used batons and fired tear gas shells to quell a demonstration in the town to protest the continued house arrest of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. While police claimed that the boy died of a heart attack, locals alleged that he was hit by a teargas shell on his head.

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Additional Deputy Commissioner and inquiry officer Mohammad Ashraf Shuntoo has asked people having knowledge about the incident to record their statements before him till October 10.

31 policemen and 15 demonstrators have been injured in clashes since the incident.


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