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Funeral slain Yawar Ahmad Dar. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
Funeral slain Yawar Ahmad Dar. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

Two budding youths were killed in Kashmir during clashes with CRPF and police men on Saturday taking the death toll of civilians to 80.

Kashmir has been witnessing unprecedented pro-freedom protests and clashes post Burhan Wani’s killing since July 9 this year.

Reports said that a 24-year-old youth was killed in forces action in Botengo village of south Kashmir’s Islamabad district on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Yawar Ahmad, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar.

Witnesses said that Ahmad was injured in clashes at his ancestral Botengo village of the district.

They said around a dozen youth were injured in the clashes. Medical Superintendent District Hospital Islamabad Dr Majeed Mehrab said: “The youth had suffered pellet injuries in his chest and abdomen. He was declared dead on arrival.”

Locals informed that shortly after the killing of the youth, people staged massive protests while majority of the youth who were part of the protest pelted stones on the forces.

They said that forces fired tear-gas shells and pellets on mourners marching with the body of slain youth Yawar Ahmad.

Locals alleged that due to intense tear-smoke shelling a government school caught fire resulting in the damage of the school.

Thousands of people participated in the last rites of the slain youth while clashes in the area continued for hours leaving scores of people injured.

Another youth was killed after he was hit by a teargas shell in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday.

Slain Yawar Ahmad Dar (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
Slain Yawar Ahmad Dar (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

The killing took place in Tukroo village of the district where a pro-freedom rally was scheduled to be held.

Locals said that clashes rocked the area after forces in a bid to foil pro-freedom rally resorted to tear-smoke shelling and pellet firing.

Scores of people were injured in forces action who were shifted to peripheries of Shopian “as army and CRPF has laid siege around district hospital Shopian”, locals said adding that a youth who hit by a tear-smoke shell in his head in the forces action.

The slain youth identified as Sayar Ahmad Sheikh, son of Shameem Ahmad Sheikh, resident of Ganawpora Shopian according to witnesses was shifted to sub-district hospital Rajpora where doctors declared him “brought dead”.

“He was hit by tear gas shell,” doctors said adding that many injured have been brought to the hospital. Sayar was resident of Ganapora Shopian and was aged around 25.

With the death of Yawar and Sayar, the civilian death toll has reached 80 in Kashmir since July 9, 2016.

Meanwhile, Kashmir remained shut for the 64th consecutive day on Saturday with authorities deploying security personnel in Srinagar and other places in the Valley “to maintain law and order”. At least 150 civilians were injured across Kashmir today.

Clashes, however, broke in old city areas of Srinagar after a state government driver Abdul Qayoom Wangnoo was buried in the martyr’s graveyard Eidgah.

People alleged that Wangnoo was beaten to death by CRPF, a charge vehemently refuted by police saying that the driver had died in a road accident.

People clashed with forces after the later allegedly smashed the windowpanes and glasses of houses and parked vehicles.

A pro-freedom rally was held at Wanganpora Eidgah that was attended by hundreds of people. The rally culminated peacefully.

Several people were injured after clashes broke out in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday.

Witnesses and reports said that clashes erupted in Razwein village of the district after forces tried to foil a pro-freedom rally. In response to stone-pelting, forces fired tear-gas shells to disperse them.

Witnesses said that over a dozen people were injured during the clashes.

Meanwhile, Anjuman-i-Shar-i-Shian and senior resistance leader Aga Syed Hasan condemned the forces action on protesters.

Thousands of people participated in pro-freedom rallies organized in different parts of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Reports said that pro-freedom rallies were held at Khur Batpora, Nussu Qazigund, Chayanadigam and other parts of the district that culminated peacefully.

At Khur Batpora, forces cordoned off the venue, however, as people started swelling, the forces left the village without any intervention.

Several people were wounded while one of them was shifted to Srinagar hospital after forces foiled a pro-freedom rally in Hillar Shahabad area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.

The locals alleged that forces resorted to pellet firing and burst tear-smoke shells without any ‘provocation’.

They said that when people were busy in rally preparations, forces emerged on the scene and fired shells and pellets on the people that left many people wounded.

“The police action triggered clashes while people resorted to massive stone-pelting,” witnesses said.

The injured are being treated locally and one was shifted to Islamabad district hospital.

“He has been hit by pellets in eye and was shifted to Srinagar,” hospital sources said.

Forces resorted to tear-smoke shelling to foil a pro-freedom rally in Dooru Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Locals had organized a rally in the village.

Witnesses said that people from different villages of the town reached Dooru where forces fired tear-smoke shells to disperse them.

At least 15 persons were injured out of which four were shifted to Sub-District Hospital Sopore.

Dooru is the native village of Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani.

Meanwhile, the authorities are yet to take a final call over release of the resistance leaders presently placed either under house detentions or lodged in police locks up.

Meanwhile, authorities has detained 1400 people, imposed Public Safety Act (PSA) on 175 and registered 235 cases, so far.

Sources revealed that the resistance leaders facing housing detention include Syed Ali Geelani, Agha Syed Hassan and Advocate Muhammad Shafi Reshi.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is lodged at Chashma Shahi.

Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Shah, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Showkat Bakshi are all lodged at officers mess at P/S Humhama, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah is lodged at P/S Rajbagh, Mehraj ud Din Kalwal is lodged at P/S Nowgam, Peer Saifullah presently in custody at SKIMS Soura, Zafar Akbar Bhat is lodged at P/S sadder, Bilal Siddiqi (Tehreek-e-Mazahamat), Advocate Zahid Ali (Jama’at-e-Islami) and Bashir Andrabi are lodged at Central Jail Srinagar.

The authorities are yet to take a final call on the release of all the above mentioned resistance leaders on the eve of forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha but is seriously considering the slapping of PSA on 235 others already taken into police custody, said sources. So far, the authorities, sources said, has arrested 1400 people.

During the current phase of unrest so far 10,000 civilians and 4000 uniformed men have been injured, sources added.

(With inputs from CNS and KNS.)

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