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11 dead, more than 200 injured as violent protests rock Kashmir

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SRINAGAR — At least eleven people were killed and more than 200, including 96 security personnel, were injured on Saturday as mob violence and clashes rocked Kashmir over the killing  of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani Burhan Wani even as authorities imposed curfew and suspended mobile internet services to contain the volatile situation.

The protests erupted as thousands of people attended Wani’s funeral in the Valley.

Wani was buried on Saturday in his home village Tral in Pulwama district in the presence of some 20,000 people who defied a curfew.

Expecting trouble during Wani’s funeral, thousands of armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region and drove through neighbourhoods, warning residents to stay indoors.

Protesters hurled stones, looted police weapons and set fire to three police stations and two government buildings in towns south of Srinagar.

At least three policemen have gone missing, source said.

The Government imposed curfew in several parts of Kashmir and the Amarnath yatra has also been suspended. The State has also requested for 30 paramilitary companies from the Centre to control the situation.

Saturday’s deaths were reported from Anantnag, Kulgam, Bijbehara and Kokernag.


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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor





RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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