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Two youths die as army fires guns in Kashmir
Father of Irfan Ahmad Ganaie, a teenager who was shot dead by army late Saturday night, urged media this morning to 'tell the world what has happened to us' as he made arrangements for the funeral of his 17-year-old son in Sumbal area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.

"I want to request you, the media. I know you can't do anything, but at least tell others, tell the world what has happened to us," Freepress, an online news portal quoted Ghulam Nabi Ganaie as saying.

Irfan, according to his traumatized father, had gone out to watch over his cow shed, as there had been some incidents of cow theft in the area. But then soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles - a counter insurgency unit of Indian Army - after hitting him with a baton fired two bullets at him - one in the head and other in the right arm, Freepress reports.

"He died on the spot, his brain matter was out," Irfan's father says.

Mistaking soldiers for thieves, villagers raised an alarm after a private vehicle arrived in the Markundal Gulshanpora village at around 0300 hours. "We didn't know there were soldiers in that vehicle," Ghulam Nabi says.

After killing Irfan, his father said, agitated soldiers stood at the doors of houses, shouting, and abusing people, warning them not to come out.

But reports coming out of the area say that massive protests are going on in the area with people chanting slogans against the army, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi who had recently returned from a visit to the Valley.

Another youth, Irshad Ahmad Dar, 25, died and three others sustained injuries as army fired at the protesters who it said tried to set an army ambulance on fire.

"Based on intelligence inputs about movement of militants through the area, an ambush was laid. Firing of shots were heard outside the cordon area and later it was found that one youth has been killed," India Today reported, quoting an unnamed army official. "The troops opened firing in self-defence, which resulted in the death of the second youth."

Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength in the area to crack down on the protesters, reports say.

On social networking websites, Kashmiris have berated the army action and what they call the silence of "Omar (Abdullah)-led puppet government'.

"Indian army has allegedly killed a 12-year old Kashmiri boy, a student, in Markundal village of Sumbal area in district Bandipore. The firing on the protesters demonstrating against the first killing resulted in another killing. So, our Kashmir lost two boys. And their India killed. Shame on this Omar-led puppet government which lacks moral courage to resign," Gowhar Geelani wrote on Facebook.

"Power corrupts indeed. Forget, forgive and move on, they'd lecture us while shedding crocodile tears. By killing and raping us, they strengthen our resolve to remember everything; forget nothing; forgive never; and keep resisting the bloody and brutal military occupation!" he adds.

For Shehla Rashid Shora, there is 'nothing new' about these killings. "Whenever army is attacked by militants, they are known to inflict retaliatory violence on civilians. They harass people, old men, women during search operations, ransack households with mud covered high boots on, parade men out of their homes and beat them up even for having dared to look up," she wrote on Facebook.

Eight soldiers had died and more than a dozen others were wounded – seven of them seriously - after militants, in a daring attack, lobbed grenades and fired their guns on an army convoy on the outskirts of Srinagar city a day ahead of Mr Singh’s visit to the valley on June 25.

Omar Abdullah, J&K Chief Minister who is usually quick to condemn the killings of army or policemen at the hands of militants hasn't spoken a word on these killings yet. "Where are you @abdullah_omar? Asleep??" writes a user with Twitter handle @peacify.

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