Fresh violence erupts in Kashmir

Fresh violence erupts in Kashmir

Fresh violence erupts in Kashmir
Fresh violence broke out in Kashmir on Saturday after the pellet-riddled body of a 13-year-old boy was found.

The body of Nasir Shafi of New Theed Harwan in Srinagar was found near a  reservoir in the area on Friday night, locals said, adding that the Class VII student was chased by security forces during clashes. They claimed the boy’s body bore marks of torture.

After news of Shafi’s death spread, people took to the streets, staging protests, which continued through the day on Saturday.

A police official said they were ascertaining the cause of death. With this, the toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley, which erupted after the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, reached 83.

More than 1,000 people have sustained injuries during this period, with over 800 being hit in the eyes by pellets.

With the latest incident, violence, restrictions and strike continued unabated for the 71st consecutive day. In central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, a man was critically injured after security forces reportedly opened fire at protesters, reports said. Scores of protesters were injured during the day-long clashes in several areas of Ganderbal.

A police officer was among the 10 injured as clashes erupted in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district. The victims include sub divisional police officer Bijbehara Tanveer Ahmad, who was hit on the face by a stone.

In Shopian district, at least 10 people were wounded after security forces resorted to pellet firing and tear-smoke shelling to break up the rally in Chakoora and Harmain villages of the district, reports said.

In south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam, which have remained the epicentre of the unrest, the army recently deployed an additional brigade comprising three artillery battalions.

Sources said more troops are on their way to help contain the violence.  A police official said that curfew was imposed in the towns of Budgam and Pulwama in view of a march call issued by separatists.

Stone-pelters arrested

He said nearly 100 stone-pelters have been arrested from different areas over the past three days. Meanwhile, dozens of journalists held a silent protest outside the Press Enclave in Srinagar against the  government’s decision to suspend Internet services in Kashmir.

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