J&K: Two Youths Critically Injured in Security Forces Action
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Two youths were critically injured in clashes with security forces as protests continued for the second day today despite curfew in the Kashmir Valley against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

In a separate incident, local residents alleged that one person drowned after he jumped into Jhelum river in Ganderbal district when a group of protesters were chased away by security forces. A police spokesman, however, denied the allegation, saying the youth drowned after a boat overturned.

The restrictions on the movement of people in the Valley were tightened this morning as there were many violations of the curfew imposed yesterday to prevent violence after the hanging of Guru, official sources said. Guru was a resident of Sopore in the Valley.

"Two persons have been critically injured in Watergam area of Baramulla district," a police spokesman said.

He said the police was trying to ascertain the circumstances in which the incident took place.

However, local residents alleged that security forces opened firing on peaceful protesters in which four persons were injured.

The injured were taken to Baramulla district hospital where two were referred to a hospital in Srinagar in a critical condition.

At least 36 people, including 23 policemen, were injured in clashes between protesters and law enforcing agencies across the Valley yesterday after Guru's hanging.

One person was drowned in Jhelum river in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district when a group of people protesting hanging of Guru were being chased away by security forces, local residents alleged.

Residents claimed that Tariq Ahmad Bhat and two others jumped into the river to escape security forces.

However, a police spokesman denied the allegation, saying the youth drowned after a boat overturned in the river.

One youth managed to swim ashore, residents said.

The death of youth has led to fresh protests in the area.

Official ources said heavy deployment of police and paramilitary CRPF remained in place in all vulnerable areas of the Valley to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, mobile internet service remained down for the second day as a precautionary measure and news channels were also not being aired by cable TV operators. Newspapers also failed to hit stands this morning due to curfew.
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