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Bloodshed in Kashmir: Four civilians killed by security forces in last 24 hours

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Srinagar: A week after J&K witnessed Mehbooba Mufti took over as the CM of J&K with promises of peace and stability, two youths were shot dead by the Indian Army in Handwara, a town in Kupwara district, 71 kms from Srinagar.

The youths who were protesting against the alleged molestation attempt of a school girl in Handwara town by a trooper of 21 RR and were fired upon by army which lead to injuries to six people out of which two youths Nayeem Qadir Bhat, 22 and Iqbal Farooq, 21 died and another elderly women succumbed to her injured on Wednesday morning taking toll to three.


Smoke rising from a tear gas shell which landed near a group of protestors (File Photo)

Identified as Raja Begum, 70, from Langate , she was hit by a bullet in her head.

Nayeem Qadir was a first-year student of graduation in Degree College in Handwara and a talented cricketer, having played district and state-level cricket tournaments whereas Iqbal was working as a salesman in a shop.

As Valley was mourning the killing of three innocent civilians, on Wednesday, another youth was killed after he was hit by tear gas shell on his head in Drugmulla area of North Kashmir where people were protesting against Tuesday’s killings, taking the toll to four in less than 24 hours.

The deceased has been identified as Jahangir Ahmad Wani, son of Ghulam Din Wani, resident of Drugmulla.