Youth killed in Srinagar, toll rises to 67

Srinagar: A youth died on Sunday of a tear smoke shell injury during clashes with forces at Malarata in downtown Srinagar, taking the death toll in the ongoing violence in the Valley to 67.

Police said Irfan Ahmad died in the hospital where he had been shifted for treatment after being hit on the chest by a tear smoke shell during clashes with the forces in Fateh Kadal of Srinagar city where curfew was in force.

A top official said ‘a group of protesters defied curfew restrictions in the area and carried out a protest march. Protesters pelted stones at security forces who used tear smoke to disperse them. Irfan Ahmad of Malarata locality sustained a tear smoke shell injury on his chest after which he was taken to hospital where he died.

Irfan Majid
Irfan Majid in file pic.

Meanwhile, Dozens were reported injured after clashes broke out in Bijbehara, Achhabal and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir, reports said. One among two youths injured in Islamabad clashes referred to SMHS Hospital. After the fresh clashes today between forces and protesters two youth sustained pellet injuries at Mominabad Ananthnag in which one youth getting eye injury and has been referred to SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

The 21-year-old B.Tech student has been hit in both eyes and chest in clashes that erupted in late afternoon hours in Moominabad area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad town.

75 injured at Behrampora village of Sopore after clashes broke out between Police, SOG and civilians.

Around 75 persons were injured after government forces used teargas shelling and pellets to disperse protesters in Behrampora village of Kashmir’s apple town Sopore on Sunday, reports said. Earlier, clashes broke out after protesters attacked Police and SOG vehicles resulting around 75 injured. Block Medical Officer, Dangiwacha, Dr. Maqbool said nine injured have been referred to District Hospital Baramullah.

Reports also several people were injured when a marriage party attacked at Trumgund BaramullaSeveral people were injured after a marriage party was attacked by forces at Trumgund village of Baramullah district near Srinagar-Baramullah highway on Sunday afternoon, locals said.

SSP Sopore, Harmeet Singh admitted the clashes broke out between the forces and civilians at both the places.

“The protesters attacked the Police cavalcade at Behrampora when the clashes broke and protestors were trying to take hold of National Highway near Highgam and police stopped them resulting in several injuries,” said SSP Sopore.

A youth, Parvaiz Ahmed Naikoo was severely injured by pellets in his chest and later admitted to SDH Kreeri, reports said.

Meanwhile, two mutton shops were mysteriously burned down in the intervening night of August 20 and August 21.

Reports said that at around 3:30 A.M fire broke out in the main market of Pattan town of district Baramullah in which two shops owned by Mohamad Shaban Gojri and Ghulam Ahmad Ganai gutted down. Man suffered stroke after a young man suffered a mild heart attack after forces allegedly harassed him and his wife at Safa Kadal while they were on way to hospital near Karanagar, Srinagar.

However when contacted Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), North Kashmir, Uttam Chand he claimed the situation under control.

Meanwhile reports also said commuters travelling on Srinagar-Kupwara highway alleged harassment and physical assault by Army and CRPF at various check points in between Sopore and Kupwara towns. Such an incident happened in the wee hours on Sunday when an Imam travelling from Srinagar to Kupwara was severely assaulted by 21 RR in the outskirts of Sopore Bye-Pass road.

The incident triggered huge resentment in Kupwara after the injured, Qari Naseer Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Halmatpora village of Kupwara, was spotted at Sub-district hospital Kupwara by his family members. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, an employee at Ramzana Hospital also alleged the harassment by forces on the Sopore Bye-Pass while returning from Kupwara.

“We were held for 4 hours to wait in the morning and later chased away by lathis towards Kupwara,” Bhat told KNS. The sumo drivers alleged many such incident of thrashing on the same highway in which many claimed that their vehicles were attacked.

According to the reports the commuters are forced to move on foot by the army and CRPF forces at Seelu, Bye-Pass Sopore and Wadura Camp on Sopore-Kupwara highway.

“Very often they are thrashing the commuters and sumo drivers,” Arif Kumar, a sumo driver, who was thrashed last Friday alleged.

However, PRO Army, Col. N.N Joshi showed ignorance about the incidents. “We have no information so far about anything related the incident,” N. N. Joshi said. (KNS)