J&K: Encounter underway in Kupwara district Pictured: Security personnel enforce curfew imposed in Handwara of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on April 14, 2016. [Representational Image]IANS

A class 11 student reportedly died after being shot at during Army firing in Natnusa area of Jammu & Kashmir's Kupwara district on Friday. The Army personnel opened fire when residents' protests against the death of four people in Handwara turned violent.

The boy, who suffered bullet injuries in the firing, died later in a hospital while undergoing treatment, NDTV reported. Three other people were also injured in the clashes with the security forces, Asian News International reported.

Four civilians were killed when Army personnel reportedly opened fire at the protesters who allegedly tried to set an Army bunker on fire in Handwara on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Mohammad Iqbal, 21, and Nayeem Qadir Bhat, 22, Jahnagir Ahmad Wani and Raja Begum, 54.

The residents in Handwara were protesting against the alleged molestation bid by an Army personnel. However, the girl who was allegedly harassed said she was harassed by a local youth, not an Army man.

The situation remained tense in north Kashmir after the Handwara protest, following which Jammu & Kashmir government imposed a curfew in Srinagar city and Handwara town.

On Thursday, the state government blocked mobile internet services in Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora districts of North Kashmir and Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir. 

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