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Stone throwing in Srinagar’s downtown area after Afzal Guru’s hanging in February this year. By Yusra Khan [A]fter spending three years in jail, he still says “Yes, I’m a stone thrower.” Born on the11th of February 1991, Aarif Baba* has two historical events associated with his birth date. 11th February is the day Mohammad Maqbool Butt, considered one of the founders of Kashmir’s freedom movement, was hanged and 1991 is the peak year of resistance in Kashmir. Like Butt, Baba too wants to see Kashmir prosper as an independent nation. Ever since his childhood, Baba has been drawn to stone throwing. At

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Photographs by Shahid Tantray | Srinagar, Kashmir Five people have got injured in the protests and stone throwing post Friday prayers in Srinagar’s downtown area. The protests started soon after the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference led a protest demonstration around the central mosque of the summer capital. Mirwaiz was released after 45 days of house arrest. While addressing the demonstration, he termed Afzal Guru’s hanging as a “political execution” and urged people to follow joint coordination group of separatists- Mutahid Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) programs. He also slammed the government for imposing curbs in Kashmir, use of force and for locking

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The curfew imposed by the government in Srinagar continued for the second day on Friday. The step was taken after a Fidayeen attack in summer capital Srinagar in which five paramilitary forces’ men and the two militants were killed. Later, in the afternoon a civilian Altaf Ahmed Wani was killed when paramilitary forces opened fire, on way to a hospital. In other districts of Kashmir region strict restrictions were imposed. For last one month, the Valley has remained under shutdowns, restrictions, arrests and mass protests since parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru was hanged and buried in Tihar jail Delhi

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Around 17 civilians have been injured in fresh clashes in the Varmul District of North Kashmir after curfew was lifted from the area today. The people were protesting against the continuous detention of arrested youth and the police and paramilitary forces fired pellets resulting in major injuries. Eyewitnesses said that the clashes started when policemen came in a private vehicle and took away a number of youth from the area. “So far, we have received 14 people who have pellet injuries while two people were hit by rubber bullets and one person was hit by a teargas shell,” the hospital

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Deployment of police and paramilitary forces in Kashmir on Thursday. Photograph by Shahid Tantray By News Desk & Muheet ul Islam The youth’s killing in Varmul added fuel to the post Afzal Guru’s execution prevailing unrest in Kashmir as it remained tense and observed complete shut down on Thursday after the killing of a youth Tahir Rasool Sofi in army firing in North Kashmir on Tuesday. Though, no shut down call was given by any separatist group but the Valley including heart of the Srinagar observed complete shutdown. Traffic was off on the roads, business establishments and other institutions remained

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By News Desk | Srinagar Family of a 65-year-old woman alleged that she died due to the use of pepper gas by the government forces in Safa Kadal locality of Srinagar. Family members said that the deceased was suffering from a chest disease and unabated use of pepper gas in the locality deteriorated her health resulting into her death. Hajira, wife of Ghulam Hassan of Safa Kadal, was suffering from some chest ailment and died due to the adverse affects on her health from excessive use of pepper gas by the forces in the locality, said locals. Speaking to a

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By News Agencies | Srinagar Kashmir observed a shutdown for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday even as authorities continued curfew in several parts of the valley to prevent deterioration of law and order in the wake of killing of a youth allegedly in Army firing in Baramulla. “Curfew remains in force in eight police station areas of Srinagar city and Sopore (Baramulla district), Trehgam (Kupwara district) and Kulgam towns,” a police spokesman said. He said the police station areas where curfew is in force in the city are Rainawari, Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Zadibal, Kralkhud and Maisuma. Curfew was

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Fresh protests started in Kashmir valley today against the death of a Kashmiri student in Hyderabad on Saturday and for the return of body of Mohammad Afzal Guru. Thousands of people came out to join protests in the Srinagar city. In the afternoon, during protests a 24-year-old youth, Tahir Sofi, was killed by the 46-RR of Indian army when they opened fire at the protestors. The state chief minister has called for a probe into the killing. The leading pro-freedom leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, however, condemned the army action and paid tributes to the deceased youth. In the Srinagar

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By News Desk | Photographs by Shahid Tantray | Srinagar, Kashmir On the call of Mutahida Majlis-e-Mashawarat – a joint forum of resistance groups, complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley today. The groups has been demanding the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt, and Muhammad Afzal Guru, who were hanged and then buried in Tihar prison, New Delhi. Shops, business establishments, petrol pumps remained closed, in summer capital Srinagar, and most of the public transport remained off the roads. The attendance of employees at the government offices was thin. Additional number of police and paramilitary forces personal were deployed

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