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Widespread protests across Kashmir

Six persons, including a woman, were injured when security forces opened fire on demonstrators in the Kreeri area of Varmul district in north Kashmir, who also torched a security forces' camp there.

According to reports, the protesters in Kreeri, raising anti-government and pro-freedom slogans, tried to march towards the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway to protest against the civilian killings in the area on Friday.

As the marchers were confronted by police and anti-insurgency Special Operations Group (SOG) with tear gas shelling and firing, the protesters pelted stones and torched a nearby camp of the SOG.

In the firing by the police and SOG personnel, six civilians, including a woman, have received gun shots. It is pertinent to mention that a large Army base is located near Kreeri. The situation in the area remains tense as this report was being filed.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have descended in Sheeri near north Kashmir garrison town of Varmul as the body of Nazir Ahmed Mir, killed in firing on Saturday, was brought to his homeplace. The demonstrators have blocked the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway, raising anti-government and pro-freedom slogans.

There are also reports of protests from Ganderbal.

Reports from south Kashmir say that protesters defied curfew in Bijbehara and Awantipora towns today. Security forces resorted to teargas shelling at Awantipora to quell the demonstrators. There are also reports of protests in Achabal, Dooru and Kulgam.

Meanwhile, people are protesting in Tral demanding the whereabouts of a youth namely Irfan Ahmed Wani S/O Jalal ud din Wani of Lurgam Tral who has gone missing in the area after protests on Friday.

Further details are awaited.

(GK's north Kashmir correspondents Umar Maqbool, Sheikh Nazir, Tariq and Khalid Gul from south Kashmir contributed to this report)