Srinagar, Aug 5: Fresh incident of firing has been reported from Kashmir’s Budgam region where at least 150 people have been left injured. Unfortunately, three of the protesters have been killed in firing by the security forces. The incident has further escalated tensions in the valley. Also Read - Kashmir's So-Called Politicians Sometimes Tend To Be More Dangerous: Jitendra Singh
The report of firing was first reported on Friday evening by the local media. They have confirmed that at least two youth have been slain in the rounds of fire. The injured protesters have been rushed to nearby medical facilities. The number of casualties is expected to increase. (ALSO READ: Use of pellets on protesters must be banned: Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief) Also Read - Black Day Observed Across Jammu and Kashmir To Mark Pakistan's Invasion in 1947
The fresh instance of violence in Kashmir valley comes in the backdrop of a 21-year-old ATM guard being shot to death by security forces in Srinagar. The youth was shot more than 300 times with pellet guns. His death has further aggrieved the dwellers of valley, and as has intensified the anti-India sentiments among the Kashmiris. Also Read - India to Observe October 22 as Black Day to Highlight Pak-Backed Militia's Invasion in J&K
Two of the deceased in today’s attack have been identified as 23-year-old Zahoor Ahmed and 27-year-old Mohammad Maqbool. Both of them succumbed to their injuries upon reaching the hospital. According to reports, Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles opened fire at the protesters in Budgam after they reportedly pelted stones.
The fresh incidence of violence in Kashmir, incidentally, comes on a day when the Union Government gave assurance to the Supreme Court that law and order was returning towards normalcy in the valley.