Srinagar: A young man was killed on the spot and two others injured when CISF personnel opened fire on Monday to disperse protesters agitated over power shortage in Boniyar area of Baramulla district in the Kashmir Valley.

Five personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) allegedly involved in the firing incident outside the NHPC-run Uri power project at Boniyar, 90 kms from here, have been arrested while the state government lodged a protest with the Union Home Ministry.

The victim was identified as Altaf Ahmad Sood (25), who died on the spot, police said. 70-year-old Abdul Majid Khan and 25-year-old Parvaiz Ahmad Khan sustained injuries, it added.

Official sources said a group of around 500 persons staged protests outside the power plant this morning against recurring electricity shortage in the area.

As the protesters, demanding regular electricity supply, marched towards the main gate of the power plant, CISF personnel guarding the complex allegedly opened fire, the sources said.

The sources said the firing incident led to tension in the area as residents in the area gathered outside the plant demanding arrest of the CISF personnel responsible for the death of Sood.

"Five CISF personnel have been arrested following the firing incident in Boniyar area," Deputy Inspector General of Police, north Kashmir range, Muneer Khan said.

An official spokesman said the Government, while regretting the incident, has taken a serious view and lodged a protest with the Union Home Ministry.

"The state government has taken up the matter with the Union Home Ministry and lodged a protest and demanded stern exemplary action against the delinquent officers," the spokesman said. Official sources said senior police and civil administration officials have rushed to the scene.

Anger has been brewing across Kashmir against the electricity curtailment schedule announced by Power Development Department last month which has plunged many areas of the valley into virtual darkness.

Residents in many areas of the state's summer capital, Srinagar, and other districts of the valley have held street protests against the government's load-shedding schedule.

People have accused the PDD authorities of not even adhering to the schedule announced a fortnight ago.

According to the schedule, the unmetered areas of Kashmir, which form the bulk of the consumers, have to face a cumulative load-shedding of 72 to 96 hours per week.

In the areas where digital meters are installed, the consumers have to bear with 24 hours of power cuts.

Protests broke out early last week in Sumbal area of Bandipora, Ganderbal district headquarter, Kulgam, Pahalgam and Kokernag against the load shedding schedule as residents alleged that they had to spend most of the time without electricity.

In Ganderbal, represented by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who also holds the power portfolio, people blocked the main road for more than two hours and burnt tyres as a mark of protest on December 27.

The traders' bodies have denounced the load-shedding schedule and demanded that the government reconsider it.

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said the government move will harm the handicrafts and tourism sectors in the valley.

(Agencies)