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Youth dies in clash, militants attack forces in Pulwama

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Srinagar: On a day union Home Minister Rajnath Singh came here, a youth died today in a clash with security forces while 18 security personnel, including three officers, were injured in a militant attack in Kashmir where life remained paralysed for the 47th consecutive day.

Curfew was in force in parts of Srinagar and two other towns even as restrictions and separatist-sponsored shutdown continued to paralyse life elsewhere in the valley.

In a clash between stone-pelting mobs and security forces in Pohu village of Pulwama district this morning, a youth died due to pellet injuries, raising the toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir to 66.

“Aamir Bashir, who had pellet injuries in his chest, was brought to SMHS Hospital here but the doctors declared him brought dead,” a police official said.

Several other persons sustained injuries in the clashes.

Later in the day, militants targeted security personnel near the Degree College in Pulwama town by hurling a grenade and then firing. 18 security personnel, including a CRPF Commandant, an Additional SP and a DSP, were injured in the attack after which militants fled from the spot.

District Magistrate of Pulwama Muneer-ul-Islam said restrictions will be imposed in all parts of the district from 4.00 am tomorrow till further orders.

“No person, except ill persons or otherwise allowed by the Magistrates, shall be allowed to move,” an order issued by the District Magistrate said.

Meanwhile, curfew was in force in five police station areas of downtown Srinagar and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in the uptown, a police official said.

In south Kashmir, curfew continued in Anantnag town and was imposed in Pampore town today to maintain law and order.

Yesterday, the authorities had lifted curfew from most areas of Srinagar in view of the improving situation.

However, restrictions on assembly of four or more people under Section 144 of the CrPC continued in rest of the Valley.

Due to the curfew, restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike, normal life remained paralysed for the 47th consecutive day.

Shops, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport continued to be off roads. The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected, the official said.

Mobile Internet also continued to remain suspended in the entire Valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred.

The separatist camp has extended the strike till September 1.

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