Indian army open fire on civilians again in Kashmir, death toll 5

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Srinagar, April 16: A youth was killed and three others were injured Friday when Indian army opened fire on protesters in Nathnusa area of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.

Arif Ahmad was the fifth person to die in protests that started Tuesday in Handwara over the alleged molestation of a minor girl who is now said to be “under police protection” along with her father.

J&K Law and Rural Development Minister Abdul Haq Khan, who has been camping in Kupwara and is the PDP MLA from Lolab, told The Indian Express: “The girl and her father are at the home of their relatives under police protection. The father had approached police seeking protection.”

He did not say when did her father approach police for protection. While the girl has been in police custody since the protests Tuesday, her father was taken into “protective custody” Wednesday night.

According to the eyewitnesses, four civilians received bullet injuries. Two critical men were shifted to a Srinagar. One is believed to be dead.

Source: Agencies