SRINAGAR: A Class XI student was on Friday killed when security forces fired on protestors in the border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, even as large numbers of people staged anti-government demonstrations, adding to the prevailing tension in the Valley.
With the killing of the student, the death toll of civilians killed in security forces firing and teargas shelling in the Valley in four days has risen to five.
Scores of people in Natnusa area of Kupwara took to the streets after Friday prayers and staged anti-government demonstrations. Raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, they demanded action against the security personnel involved in the killing of four civilians in Handwara on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The crowd protested outside the Army camp and during the protests, Army personnel fired on the protestors in which four persons sustained bullet injuries.
The injured were evacuated to a nearby hospital, where one of the critically injured persons, identified as Arif Hussain Dar, a Class XI student, succumbed to injuries. Three other injured youth were referred to Srinagar hospitals for specialized treatment.
A police spokesperson said the mob tried to storm the security forces camp in Natnusa and the Army had to resort to firing.
After the killing, tension prevailed in the area and people staged demonstrations. Additional police and paramilitary personnel have been rushed to the area to maintain law and order.