In a recent fire incident in Jammu and Kashmir, the death toll rose to three on Wednesday. According to the officials, another critically injured civilian has died.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has called for strict actions. She said that such incidents do have negative impact on the government’s efforts for peace. Mufti also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi few hours ago.
Doctors at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar said that Raja Begum, 70 years old, was admitted to the super specialty hospital on Tuesday. He succumbed to a critical bullet injury. Two people died after the clashes erupted in Handwara town between the security forces and the stone pelting mob. The two people who died were twenty year old Muhammad Iqbal and twenty one year old Nayeem Bhat.
It all started when the locals of the area accused one army soldier of molesting a girl. The security forces allegedly opened up fires on the locals to control the situation. After the incident, curfew has been imposed by the authorities in Handwara town. Tension increased a lot in the area after the news about the death of another civilian reached the town.
The authorities also imposed restrictions in six police station areas of Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, MR Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma in the Srinagar city. This restriction was followed by the appeals made by the separatist leaders who were protesting against the Handwara firing.
Farooq Ahmed Lone, the District Magistrate Srinagar said that the restrictions that were imposed did not apply to the Sikh Community. They are free to move to the different areas because of the festival of Sikhs known as Baisakhi.
Meanwhile, Army has ordered probe into the matter as the locals were demanding the arrest of the Army personnel.