A 20-year-old youth was killed and another injured in army firing at Trehgam in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday evening.
Sources said a group of youth pelted stones on army patrol party in Trehgam village in the evening.
They said the army men fired directly on the youth, causing injuries to two youngsters.
The injured were shifted to District Hospital Kupwara, where 20-year-old KhalidGafar son of Abdul Gafar Malik was declared brought dead by doctors.
He had sustained bullet injuries in the neck, doctors said.
Khalid was a shopkeeper by profession.
Block Medical Officer Kupwara, Fareed Ahmad confirmed Khalid’s killing.
“He was brought dead to the hospital,” he said.
Soon after the killing of youth, people including men and women thronged roads at Trehgam and staged massive protests against the killings. Chanting pro-freedom, anti-army and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding end to civilian killings by forces and action against the force personnel involved in such killings.
A police officer confirmed the death of youth.
He said investigation would reveal as to how and under what circumstances the incident took place.
After the killing of youth, district administration Kupwara decided to suspend the classwork tomorrow in all schools and colleges of the border district tomorrow.
Meanwhile an Army spokesman said: “A mob of 30-40 youth resorted to heavy stone pelting at the Army’s highway domination patrol located at Trehgam on Wednesday at around 8 pm as an Army convoy was passing through the area. The patrol verbally cautioned the stone pelters and thereafter fired two blank rounds in air to disperse the violent crowd. However, the mob didn’t relent and stone pelting intensified endangering the safety of patrol. During the stone pelting , five soldiers sustained injuries. The patrol, finally, resorted to controlled fire at the aggressive mob in self defence and continued with their task. Even earlier in the day, stone pelters had resorted to stone pelting at military vehicles at Trehgam and Kralpora.”