Two more civilian deaths in Kashmir

Sopore: There is fresh tension in Jammu and Kashmir after the death of two civilians. One man has been killed in firing in Anantnag district today and a teenager was killed in Sopore yesterday.

Police said they fired rubber bullets when a mob attacked a police station and tried to set it on fire in Anantnag, resulting in the death of one man.

In Sopore, the police have registered a murder case against the CRPF for the first time since the recent spate of civilian deaths in Kashmir began, after the death of 18-year-old Mudassir Nazir in pellet firing.  

The police have alleged that the CRPF resorted to unprovoked firing of pellets and three people were injured, among them Mudassir, who later died. The other two injured were shifted to hospital and a case was registered at the Sopore police station.
 
But the CRPF has denied any unprovoked firing. A CRPF spokesman said Assistant Commandant SK Das of the 177 battalion, who was leading the withdrawal of a picket in Sopore, was attacked by a riotous mob that threw a broken bottle at him.

The Assistant Commandant fired two rounds from a pellet gun in self defence and Muddassar was hit in the abdomen, the CRPF spokesman said. Das was grievously injured in the neck, the CRPF said.  

The civilian death toll in the Valley due to bullet injuries now stands at 61, which is almost one death on an average everyday for two months.
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