Killing by Numbers

It was supposed to be a usual day of shutdown before forces shot dead a Class 10 student in city outskirts and triggered unabated ire among youth. Soon screams, stones and smoke filled streets. In between, another slain youth was laid to rest. Amid shutdown, Bilal Bahadur rolled his camera to capture another day of loss, lament and rage in valley

Goodbye: Sixteen-year-old Suhail Ahmad Sofi’s mother kisses his dead body one last time before his funeral. Suhail was killed this morning when CRPF men fired on protestors during clashes in Central Kashmir’s Narbal area.
Goodbye: Sixteen-year-old Suhail Ahmad Sofi’s mother kisses his dead body one last time before his funeral. Suhail was killed this morning when CRPF men fired on protestors during clashes in Central Kashmir’s Narbal area.
Intense protests broke out  in Narbal after, according to eyewitnesses, 16-year-old Suhail was killed by CRPF men this morning in cold blood.
Intense protests broke out in Narbal after, according to eyewitnesses, 16-year-old Suhail was killed by CRPF men this morning in cold blood.
Meanwhile at his home, mourning was getting intense.
Meanwhile at his home, mourning was getting intense.
Policemen duck for cover as protestors pelt stones during clashes in Narbal.
On simmering streets outside, policemen were ducking for cover as angry protestors pelt stones during clashes in Narbal.
And then the mother of now slain youth was striking an imaginary conversation with his son.
Meanwhile, the mother of now slain youth was striking an imaginary conversation with her son, who has been silenced forever now.
Protest outside was getting extreme.
Protests outside were getting extreme, very extreme.
Inside. the mother was driving herself mad.
Inside, the mother was driving herself mad. In between, someone started showering almonds and candies on slain boy.
Policeman had to resort to tear-gas shelling to disperse protesters.
Policemen had to resort to tear-gas shelling to disperse angry protesters.
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This mourning…

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