August 2016 News

Another Teenager Killed In Forces Firing, Death Toll 70

26 August 2016
Rising Kashmir
Muhammad Suhail

Srinagar: An 18 year old student was killed and seven others injured when forces fired at protesting youth in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Friday, taking the death toll of people killed in ongoing unrest triggered by killing of Burhan Wani to 70. Over 200 people were injured in fresh clashes between youth and protestors in the Valley while people in Noorpora area in South Kashmir foiled an anti-militant operation of forces. At least nine people including an 18-year-old Shakeel Ahmad Ganaie were injured when forces fired bullets, pellets and tear smoke shells at protestors in Nikas village of Haal area in Pulwama district this afternoon. Shakeel received critical bullet injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Three other youth, who also sustained bullet injuries, were shifted to Srinagar hospitals for specialized treatment. According to doctors, a bullet had pierced Shakeel. 'He had some pellet wounds as well on his body,' they said adding excessive blood loss led to his instant death. Shakeel, who hailed from Chandpora, Rajpora area of Pulwama, was pursuing his graduation in Arts stream. After the killing of Shakeel, people in large numbers came out on roads and staged massive protest demonstrations. In Shopian district, 4 people were injured after forces fired pellet at protesting youth. One of the injured was hit by pellets in eyes and was shifted to Srinagar hospital in a critical condition. In Noorpora area of Tral in Pulwama district, at least 13 people were injured after locals pelted stones at police and army personnel, who had cordoned off the locality after receiving inputs about presence of militants in a residential house. Hizbul Mujahideen's new commander, Zakir alias Moosa, is a resident of Noorpora and people had apprehensions that he was present in the area. Locals said hundreds of people came out and tried to move towards the cordoned off locality. The cops, however, fired dozens of tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors, causing injuries to 13 people. Police sources said the operation was called off by forces fearing that situation would get out of hand in the area. In Charsoo area of Awantipora, clashes erupted after Friday prayers and continued till evening. One person was injured during the clashes. 3 people, one of them critically, were injured in clashes between youth and cops in Sangam area of Anantnag district after a peaceful pro-freedom rally in nearby Marhama village. One of the injured, who was hit by pellets in eyes, was shifted to Srinagar from Bijbehara SDH. Clashes were also reported from Newa and Kakapora areas of Pulwama district and Choudhry Gund area of Shopian district. In Kulgam district, clashes were reported from main town and Astan Mohalla areas. Several peaceful pro-freedom rallies were also organized in many parts of south Kashmir. Reports said a women protest rally led by Dukhtaran-e-Millat was organized in Rahmoo, Gasoo area of Pulwama district. Hundreds of women participated in the rally and chanted slogans in favour of 'Azadi'. The curfew and restrictions remained in force for the 49th consecutive day in Valley. Thousands of police and paramilitary personnel enforced the curfew and restrictions to foil the anti-India protests and separatists 'Eidgah March'. The curfew was stricter in Srinagar, where the police and paramilitary personnel had sealed all roads leading to Eidgah. It was for the 49th consecutive day that curfew, restrictions and shutdown remained in force in the Valley. The curfew and shutdown has been in force in the Valley since July 9, a day after killing of Burhan Wani. The clashes erupted between youth and cops at some places in uptown and downtown Srinagar. Clashes between youth and cops were also reported from Giraj, Kujar, and Wahidpora area of central Kashmir's Ganderbal district. However, none was injured in the clashes. Peaceful protest rallies were also taken out b people at Manigam and Kangan areas in Ganderbal district. NORTH Amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, youth took out a rally from Jamia Masjid Bandipora and marched towards Gulshan Chowk. The rally was led by district leaders of Muslim League and Hurriyat Conference. As the rally reached Mian Chowk, police intercepted the procession and fired tear gas shells to disperse the people. Three persons received injuries during the clashes in the area. The clashes also took place between youth and cops at Kaloosa after forces intercepted a peacefully rally of people there. Peaceful rallies were taken out by people at Papchan, Saderkote, Ajas and Naidkhai areas of Bandipora. Clashes erupted at Hajin area after Friday prayers. The cops fired dozens of tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the youth, who pelted stones on them. The clashes continued throughout the day. Meanwhile, peaceful protests were also held in Gurez, Arin, Khenusa and Watapora area of Bandipora. People in thousands offered congregational Friday prayers in Eidgah at Palhalan. After the prayers, people tried to match towards the highway. However, they were intercepted by the police and CRPF men, who fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them. The youth pelted stones on them. In the clashes, scores of people were injured. Many of them were hit by pellets and shifted to SMHS hospital for treatment. Sporadic clashes were witnessed between youth and cops at Azad Gunj and Kanlibagh areas of Baramulla. In old town area of Baramulla, a peaceful protest rally was taken out from Qadeem, Eidgah. The rally ended peacefully. A peaceful protest rally was also taken out from Markazi Jamia Masjid and Jamia Masjid Owaisi in Watergam in Rafiabad. The protestors, chanting pro-freedom and anti- India slogans waved a flag of Azad Kashmir. The protestors marched up to Main Chowk and later dispersed off peacefully. Official sources said over 200 people were injured in clashes in central, South and North Kashmir on Friday. They said many of the injured were hit by pellets, bullets and tear gas shells. 'Some had also sustained injuries in beating'.

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