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4 more die in Kashmir violence
Tribune News Service/Agencies

Vohra seeks parties’ support
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 14
Governor N.N. Vohra today convened an all-party meet to discuss a way to resolve the crisis. He sought the support of all political parties, and socio-religious organisations and hoped that the leaders would use their influence in clearing the atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion. The political parties on their part appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony in the state.

Srinagar, August 14
Four persons were killed and 50 others wounded when the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the police opened fire, burst tear gas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse demonstrators in different parts of the valley since overnight.

Hundreds of people today took to the streets at Safa Kadal in the down town, protesting against the alleged atrocities by the CRPF. Official sources said when the protesters were marching towards the main road, security forces opened fire, causing injuries to two people. One Shabir Ahmad Handoo succumbed to his injuries.

A wave of anger fuelled primarily by news of deaths in firing in Pulwama and other parts of the valley, which were later found to be untrue, swept across Srinagar last night and thousands of people assembled in various mosques, creating panic among the authorities.

At least 12 persons were injured in CRPF firing in Pulwama after a mob set a house and a school on fire and marched towards a security camp. Three of them were said to be serious. South range, DIG, Muneer Khan denied any death in Pulwama in CRPF firing.

However, the number of deaths reported in local media has been much more than official figures. Various dailies have put the death toll between 29 and 36. Kashmir IG S.M. Sahai said there were not more than 22 deaths in these four days of agitation. Later, people from adjoining areas also joined the demonstrators, raising pro-freedom and anti-CRPF and anti-police slogans. They attacked a police station in the area, sources said.

One person of Kaw Mohalla, who was admitted to hospital after he was hit by a teargas shell in the chest, died in the hospital today.

The government relaxed curfew in a number of areas. Divisional commissioner Masood Samoon said barring two districts, Baramulla and Pulwama, curfew was relaxed in eight districts.



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