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"The driver somehow managed to take the vehicle away from the spot", said Sharma.

A youth was crushed to death while another sustained injuries after being run over by a vehicle of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Nowhatta area of Srinagar, reported Kashmir Media Service.

Kaiser Bhat (21), a resident of the Fatehkadal area of Srinagar, was injured when a CRPF vehicle ploughed him down and injured another youth during the protests in the Nowhatta area of the city in Srinagar on Friday.

A civilian, hit by a CRPF vehicle during clashes outside Srinagar's Jamia Masjid, succumbed to his injuries on Friday night, becoming the first casualty since the Centre announced halting of operations in Kashmir 18 days ago.

Jammu and Kashmir Police took to Twitter to reply to criticism over the incident.

Police also said they were registering cases of attempted murder against an unspecified number of protesters who attacked the vehicle. Authorities cut mobile internet services in Srinagar, and reduced connection speeds in other parts of the Kashmir Valley, a common government practice to prevent anti-India demonstrations from being organized.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah criticised the state government for the incident.

But the Jammu and Kashmir police tweeted that "a selective picture" did not present the "whole scene", a reference to the videos and pictures that showed the aggressive mob attacking the vehicle. The statement was in response to images of the youths being run over by security forces being circulated on social media.

"Two cases (of stone pelting and rash driving) regarding the incidents have been lodged", said a senior police official.

Kashmir has been beset by unrest for decades but had been relatively peaceful until the killing of a militant by security forces in 2016. Fierce clashes broke out in several places in the city.

Armed police and paramilitary soldiers laid razor wire and steel barricades at roads and enforced a curfew in old parts of Srinagar to restrict participation in the funeral.


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