SRINAGAR (Agencies) – In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two civilians including a 9th class student and injured dozens of protesters at different places in the Kashmir valley.
A 9th class student identified as Ubaid Ahmad Rather of Watergam succumbed to his bullet injuries at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar taking the death toll to three during protests at the weekend execution of a Kashmiri Muslim Afzal Guru.
A police source said around 3,500 people had attended Ubaid’s funeral Monday in Watergam near Guru’s home town of Sopore.
Earlier on Sunday, two other men drowned in water after they were forced to jump in River Jhelum by the Indian paramilitary police at Sumbal in Bandipore.
Several youth were hit by tear shell and bullets in different areas across the Valley.
The Valley remained under curfew for third consecutive day on Monday while mobile Internet services remained suspended and newspapers failed to hit the stands.
Guru’s family slammed the Indian government for failing to inform them in time and a letter sent from the govt announcing that his mercy plea had been rejected arrived only on Monday morning.
“It is shocking that the government delivered a letter to us two days after they executed Afzal,” Yasin Guru, a cousin of the dead man, told AFP by phone.
The restrictions on the movement of people in the Valley were further tightened on Monday morning in view of apprehension of widespread protests to commemorate the 29th death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.
The number of police on the streets was increased amid fears of protests.
The day is usually marked by large rallies and Kashmiri leaders called for a general strike on Monday.
Only ambulances and staff of essential services department have been issued curfew passes to facilitate movement.
Some of the few people authorised to leave curfew-bound areas on Monday were tourists who headed to the airport after being confined to their hotels over the weekend.
Around 1,500 activists from different parties including PPP took part in the demonstration in Azad Kashmir, police said.
Meanwhile, people demanding return of the mortal remains of founder Maqbool Bhat were not allowed to hold a march and a number of JKLF leaders and supporters including its acting chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, were taken into custody.
Heading for the UNMOGIP office in Sonwar, the marchers were blocked by the police near Budshah Chowk, and their leaders taken away to lock-ups.
Carrying placards and banners, the procession had been raising pro-freedom slogans, and chanting for the return of the JKLF founders remains from the Tihar Jail in Delhi.
The handling of Guru’s execution has been severely criticised by Held Kashmir’s puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who said it would deepen the sense of frustration and alienation in Muslim-majority state.