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Kashmir unrest: 3 dead, five injured in fresh clashes

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 16 August 2016, 12:07 IST

As fresh clashes broke out between stone-pelting protestors and security forces in Kashmir valley, three people were killed and five injured in Magam area of central Kashmir's Budgam district on 16 August.

With today's casualties, the death toll in the ongoing unrest has climbed to 61.

According to media reports, a group of youth pelted stones at a CRPF vehicle at Aripathan in Magam area this morning. In the retaliatory action by security forces, three persons were killed while five others sustained injuries, a police official said.

Curfew, meanwhile, remained in force in the entire Srinagar district and Anantnag town while restrictions were in place in the rest of the Valley as normal life remained paralysed for the 39th consecutive day.

The official said curfew and restrictions were imposed to thwart the plans of separatists to organise sit-in protests against the civilian killings at the Valley's main market places.

"Curfew remained in force in entire Srinagar district and Anantnag town in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order," the police official said.

Schools, colleges and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off the roads due to the strike called by the separatists.The attendance in government offices was thin.

Internet and mobile services across the Valley remained suspended.

While broadband services were snapped on Saturday evening, mobile telephony was suspended late in the night on the same day.

Normal life has been affected due to protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on 8 July.

61 persons, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others have been injured in the clashes that began on 9 July.

-With PTI inputs

First published: 16 August 2016, 12:07 IST