#Day31: Laway Pora Youth Among Many Injured

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SRINAGAR

The ladies who were injured on Monday pellet firing in South Kashmir's Bijbehara. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)
The ladies who were injured on Monday pellet firing in South Kashmir’s Bijbehara. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)

Authorities on Monday continued curfew and restrictions in parts of Kashmir as life remained paralysed across the Valley for the 31st consecutive day.

Towns of Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, and Pulwama were under curfew. Restrictions continued in old city areas of Srinagar, north Kashmir’s Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara and Kupwara towns, police sources said.

A 17 year old youth Amir Bashir Lone of Sedow Shopian from south Kashmir’s Shopian district succumbed at SKIMS on Monday morning, taking the death toll to 58 including two policemen.

Bijbehara injured ladies on August 08, 2016He had been hit by pellets from a very close range on Friday which had perforated his skull at various places and damaged his brain severely.

Large number of people hit to streets in Sedow village and stage a massive pro-freedom protest shortly after the news about the death of the youth spread in the area.

Reports said that thousands of mourners visited the bereaved family to express their solidarity.

Reports said that at least seven civilians, including four women, were injured – two of them critically-after government forces fired pellets to break up a demonstration in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district on Monday morning.

Witnesses said that government forces barged into several houses in Semthan village of Bijbehara, following which people took to streets as a mark of protest.

Forces fired pellets at the protesters; triggering massive clashes in which seven people sustained pellet injuries. The injured were sent to SDH Bijbehara where from two critically injured persons were referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment, said an official.

He said that a woman who had suffered pellet injuries in both her eyes was among those referred to Srinagar.

Doctors identified the injured as Ruby Jan (Pellet injuries to head and face), Tawseef Ahmed ((Pellet injuries to both eyes), Haseena Akhtar (Pellet injuries to both eyes), Reena Jan (Pellet injuries to right arm and backside), Adil Ahmed (Pellet injuries to backside) Jameela Bano (Pellet injuries to right eye) and Firdous Ahmed (Pellet injuries to face and leg).

Locals alleged that a youth whom they identified as Muhammad Umar who according to them had gone to hospital for check-up was caught hold by police and CRPF personnel and was beaten to pulp.

“He was half-dead when we saved him from the clutches of the armed forces and shifted him to SDH Bijbehara,” locals said.

In Srinagar the clashes were reported from Lawaypora HMT and Rainawari area.

A youth was critically injured after he was hit by a pellet in Lawaypora during clashes between forces and protesters.

Identifying the injured youth as Abdul Rouf Parray of Lawaypora a doctor at JVC Hospital said that they referred him to SKIMS Srinagar.

Stone-pelting incidents were also reported from Rainawari Srinagar where police used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters.

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