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70 injured as Kashmir erupts against minor's rape (Roundup)

IANS  |  Srinagar 

The Valley erupted in anger on Monday against the rape of a three-year-old minor, with 74 people injured in widespread clashes between the security forces and protesters.

Markets and educational institutions were shut and most transport went off the roads as protests broke out in all 10 districts of the Valley with those taking to the streets seeking death for the young man, Tahir Ahmed Mir, who allegedly raped the girl in Bandipora on May 9.

The incident occurred when Muslims were breaking their daily fast during the ongoing holy month of

Forty-seven security personnel were injured in Jammu and Kashmir's district when stone pelting mobs went on the rampage.

An official statement said an Commander of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was hit on the head by a stone and he sustained a

The accused, Tahir Mir, has been arrested.

A police statement said: "Miscreants pelted stones on security forces deployed on at Mirgund, Chainabal, Harthrath, Singhpora, Jheel bridge, Kripalpora Payeen and Hanjiwera areas of Baramulla, resulting in to 47 security forces personnel including one of SSB 2nd Battalion who was hit on his head.

"Utmost restraint was maintained by the forces on ground. However about seven miscreants got injured (and) are all stable."

Clashes also occurred at a dozen other places between the security forces and stone throwing mobs during the day.

In district, 20 youths were injured in clashes with the security forces.

Students of University, and the and Technology boycotted classes and held protests.

Members of the stayed away from courts to express solidarity with the victim.

sought exemplary punishment to the rapist,

"has expressed and over the extremely heinous incident of rape of a 3-year-old girl from Bandipora," a Raj Bhawan statement said.

It said the spoke to S.P. Pani, of Police (IGP) in Kashmir, and directed him "to work swiftly in the case and ensure that the culprit gets exemplary punishment for this shameful act".

The Governor asked religious leaders of different communities to deplore this gruesome incident and appealed to the people to remain calm and not let "anti-social elements disturb peace and harmony in the society".

Former Chief Ministers and Mehbooba Mufti, separatist leaders as well as a number of social, religious and political groups expressed over the incident.

has said that the guilty of such a heinous crime should be stoned to death by invoking the Muslim Sharia laws.

Preliminary medical examination of the Bandipora rape accused has proved that he was not a minor. "Doctors have said that the accused is around 20 years old," a said.

A controversy had arisen about the age of the accused after a private school issued a date of birth certificate that said the minor was born on July 23, 2009.

Police suspected the genuineness of the certificate from the very beginning. They have lodged an FIR against the principal of the private school.

of Police Dilbagh Singh said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had been set up to fast-track the probe.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 21:10 IST