One killed in CISF firing in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 2 (IANS) One person was killed and two others were injured Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers allegedly opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a Jammu and Kashmir village.

The incident took place in Baramulla’s Boniyar village, 60 km north of this summer capital Srinagar, when scores of villagers took to the streets and later gathered near the local power station, police said.

CISF personnel guarding the station opened fire, killing one protester on the spot and wounding two others.

The incident triggered tension in the area and senior civil and police officers have rushed to the spot.

The Kashmir Valley has been facing an acute power shortage that the state government attributes to low water flows in the major rivers here and power pilferage by the consumers. Protests have been seen in Srinagar and other towns in the valley.

‘The situation is not likely to improve till the beginning of March,’ said an official of the power development department.