Srinagar : With a woman succumbing to her injuries, the death toll in the Kashmir violence since July 9 has climbed to 45, including a constable of Jammu and Kashmir police while more than 3,500 others, half of them security personnel, were injured. However, the local media put the toll at 46 while the government was silent about the killings. A police spokesman said last evening, an Army mobile domination patrol party, while moving towards Devsar, tried to clear a road blockade erected at Churahat Qazigund in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.
The security force party while removing the obstructions came under heavy stone pelting by the miscreants from two sides, he said adding that the Army party warned the mob to maintain distance but it did not relent. He said some miscreants tried to snatch weapons from them and tried to set ablaze the vehicles. The spokesperson said despite repeated warnings, the mob did not disperse and Army fired in self defence in an effort to move out from the spot. He said six people were injured, two of whom later succumbed to their injuries. Meanwhile, locals alleged that the demonstrators were raising slogans when security forces resorted to direct firing on people, including women.
''There was no warning firing in the air by the security forces as has been claimed by the government'', the residents alleged. The deceased were identified as Showkat Ahmad Yatoo and Sada Begum. One of the injured woman identified as Neelofar also died in the hospital. Meanwhile, MLA Mohammad Ameen Bhat has asked the government to order an inquiry into the incident. The situation continues to remain tense in Kashmir, where separatists have extended the protest strike till July 22.