Kashmir continues to remain tense with three more civilian deaths after fresh firing in Anantnag on Tuesday. Three others are reported to be seriously injured.
With this the number of civilian deaths in the Valley in the last two weeks has gone up to 10.
Earlier on Tuesday, large crowds assembled at Mattan bus stand in Anantnag to protest the killing of five youths in Sopore and Baramulla, in alleged firing by CRPF.
Police and paramilitary forces deployed in the town initially cane-charged the protesters but when they refused to budge, they opened fire resulting in bullet injuries to a teenager. A curfew-like situation was imposed in Anantnag.
Violent clashes between frenzied protesters and security forces in the area continued and two teenagers were killed in the ensuing clashes. They have been identified as Ishtiaq and Imtiaz. Three others, reported to be seriously injured, have been shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.
With separatists giving fresh calls for a strike, life remained crippled across the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, for the fifth consecutive day today.
Mobile services were suspended in north Kashmir and SMS services blocked in the entire Valley. Sources said this has been done to stop rumour mongering in an already incendiary situation.
In Sopore, the town worst hit by violent protests over civilian deaths allegedly in the use of force by CRPF against agitators, there is indefinite curfew since Friday and it would continue to be in place, sources say. Restrictions under Section 144, which prohibits assembly of more than four persons, are in place in and around Srinagar and Baramulla. Additional companies of the CRPF have been deployed in Sopore.
The J&K government has asked the Centre for help and said last evening that the Army could be called in if the situation was not brought under control soon. But there has been no Army deployment for riot or crowd control. Sources said the Army and Rashtriya Rifles would continue mobile patrolling for counter-insurgency as usual in Sopore, Baramulla and the surrounding areas.
Sources have said that the aim is to bring the situation under control today with the help of additional security forces.