Handwara firing: woman succumbs, death toll reaches 3

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KG News Desk
Srinagar, April 13: The death toll in the firing incident in Handwara area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir has touched three on Wednesday as a critically woman succumbed, officials said.
Doctors at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar said Raja Begum, 54, who had been admitted to the super specialty hospital on Tuesday, succumbed to a critical bullet injury, reported the IANS news agency.
Twenty-two year old Muhammad Iqbal and 21-year old Nayeem Bhat had died on Tuesday after army opened fire on locals protesting against the alleged molestation bid on a school girl by a soldier.
Authorities have imposed curfew in Handwara town where tension has increased further after reports of death of another civilian reached the town.
Following appeals for a valley-wide shutdown by separatist leaders to protest Handwara firing, authorities on Wednesday imposed restrictions in six police station areas of Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma in Srinagar city on Wednesday.
District Magistrate Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone has said the imposed restrictions will not apply to the members of the Sikh community who are free to move about in areas placed under restrictions because of the Sikh festival of Baisakhi.
The burial of the two youth killed on Tuesday has still not taken place and it is expected the burial would take place on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, thousands of people on Wednesday participated in the funeral prayers of Muhammad Iqbal Pir son of Farooq Ahmad at Shalpora who died in army firing yesterday in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.