SRINAGAR, Oct 12 : A policeman was killed in Warpora area of Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district tonight.
Militants barged into the house of policeman, who was working as Follower, Javid Ahmad Lone son of Abdul Khaliq Lone, at around 10.45 pm and fired upon him at Warpora near Dangerpora in Sopore.
Lone who was critically injured in the attack was shifted to the nearby hospital where he succumbed to injuries. He was working in District Police Lines (DPL) Sopore.
Army, Special Operation Group of Police and CRPF cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the militants responsible for the killing.
Meanwhile, atleast 20 people including three police officers were injured in protests today amid shut down across the Valley against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Mannan Bashir Wani and his associate.
Amidst a shutdown in response to the call given by separatist leaders, protests broke out at many places in the Valley against the killing.
At least six people were injured in pellet firing by security forces at Tikipora, the native village of Manan. Among the injured Shakir Ahmad Bhat 18, Babar Ahmad Bhat, 23, son of Mohammad Sultan Bhat of Takipora, Mohammad Shafi son Wali Mohd Lone and Shafat Ahmad Naikoo son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, both residents of Diver Lolab, were shifted to Sub District Hospital from where they were referred to Srinagar for treatment.
Additional SP Kupwara, Shafqat Hussain, ITBP man Mohammad Maqbool and Head Constable Ghulam Mohammad of SOG camp were injured in clashes at Takipora.
In Lalpora Lolab, at least three people were injured as security forces foiled a protest outside Police Station. The CRPF and police fired warning shots after they failed to disperse stone-pelting protesters with batons and tear smoke shells. SHO Lalpora Abdur Rashid and Head Constable Ghulam Mohammad were also injured in the clashes.
During the clashes, security forces fired a teargas that fell inside the house of Haji Ghulam Mohammad Bhat due to which it caught fire. Fire tenders rushed to the spot to extinguish the fire.
In Sogam, two youth were injured during clashes between security forces and the protesters. The youth identified as Akhtar Ahmad Lone and Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat were removed to the nearby hospital for treatment.
Clashes also broke out in several parts of South Kashmir amid shut down. In Redwani Bala in Kulgam, protesters fought pitched battles with security forces after offering congregational Friday prayers. Security forces fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters.
In Srinagar, shutdown disrupted normal life with shops, financial establishments, petrol pumps and banks closed while movement of the traffic on the roads was thin.
Authorities barred people from offering Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area in Old City, Srinagar where restrictions were imposed along with areas in its vicinity falling within the jurisdictions of five police stations.
After Friday prayers, a protest was held at Maiusma. However, the protesters dispersed peacefully. In Soura, a protest broke out and protesters clashed with the security forces. Two people were injured in the clashes.
Clashes also took place in Natipora, Chhanpora, Mochowa and Kralpora areas of city. Security forces fired teargas and pellets to foil protests.