Days after the trouble at NIT Srinagar made headline, Kashmir is on a boil again after two youths were killed when army personnel opened fire on locals in Handwara in north Kashmir who were protesting against the alleged molestation of a girl by an Army man.

As authorities have ordered an inquiry in the incident, here’s what we know about the situation so far:

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  • Villagers started protesting on Tuesday against an on duty Army man who allegedly tried to molest a girl student near a wash room in main town.
  • The villagers were demanding the arrest of army personnel involved in the incident, when the army opened fire on the demonstrations.
  • The firing left four youths injured, of which one died on the spot and another one succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
  • The army said that it deeply regrets the loss of life and the matter will be investigated, and the guilty will be dealt with according to the law.
  • The IGP of Kashmir, SJM Gillani said that the forces opened fire when the crowd tried to ransack the bunker and set it on fire.
  • While the situation has been tense since the encounter, the IGP said that it is being brought under control. 

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