• Death toll rises to 86
• Over 100 injured in fresh clashes
• People stage pro-freedom rallies at many places
• 3 booked under PSA in Ganderbal
• 58 stone pelters detained in 24 hours: Police
• Curfew, shutdown continues for 71st day
The pellet-ridden body of 11-year-old boy was recovered from Harwan area of Srinagar, taking the death toll of people killed in the ongoing unrest in the Valley triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani to 86.
Over 100 people were injured in fresh clashes between youth and security personnel in the Valley while people staged pro-freedom rallies at many places.
Pellet-ridden body of 11-year-old boy Nasir Shafi Qazi of New Theed Harwan was recovered near Dachigam National Park, Harwan last evening after he went missing following clashes in the area during the day.
Locals said Nasir’s body bore injuries caused by pellets and marks of torture.
The slain boy was a class 7th student of Greenlight School Ishber.
As the news about his death spread, hundreds of people including men and women took out to roads in New Theed and its adjoining areas and staged protest demonstrations. Chanting anti-India, pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans, the protestors were demanding punishment to the force personnel involved in killing of minor boy and end to civilian killings.
Later, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of the slain boy.
The minor’s death has taken the death toll of people killed in ongoing unrest in the Valley to 86. Over 11,000 civilians have also been injured in forces action on protestors since July 9, when the unrest broke out in Valley following killing of Burhan Wani a day earlier.
Authorities, meanwhile, imposed curfew and restrictions across Valley to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests.
A police spokesman said although restrictions under section 144/CrPC remained in force in the valley, curfew was imposed in some parts of Srinagar, Budgam and Kulgam towns in view of the challo calls given by separatists.
The curbs imposed by authorities and separatists sponsored strike crippled life for the 71st consecutive day today.
Youth at Nowgam, Safa-Kadal, Baghi Mehtab, Mochua, Natipora and many other areas in uptown and downtown Srinagar staged protest demonstrations. The agitating youth clashed with police and paramilitary personnel, who fired pellets and tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors.
At Charlipora, Nowgam, two youth Abid and Shahid sustained pellet injuries. They were hospitalised.
In Ganderbal, a man was seriously injured after forces fired on protesters. The injured man identified as Ghulam Mohudin Kuchey, 32, of Wussan, was shifted to Trauma Hospital Kangan where from he was referred to Bone and Joint Hospital Barzulla, Srinagar for specialized treatment.
Locals said six persons also sustained injuries when forces beat up protesters in the area.
In Manhand area of Bijbehara in Anantnag district, SDPO Bijbehara Tanveer Ahmad was among 20 people injured in clashes between youth and protestors.
Six persons were also injured when forces beat up people in Anantnag town.
Locals said force personnel barged into residential houses in SK Colony area and thrashed the inmates.
“Six people sustained injuries in the forces action,” they said.
Meanwhile, three persons were booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district today.
Official sources said Tariq Ahmad and Bashir Ahmad Sofi of Saloora, and Ashiq Husain Akhoon of Sarich were booked under the PSA.
They said while Tariq and Ashiq were shifted to Kot Balwal jail Jammu, Sofi was shifted to Central Jail Srinagar.
A police spokesman said five incidents of stone pelting from reported from Wussan in Ganderbal, Mehend in Anantnag, New Theed, Nishat in Srinagar and Padgampora in Awantipora.
He said at Mehend Anantnag, about 200 miscreants pelted stones on police and security deployment due to which SDPO Bijbehra received grievous injuries.
“At Wussan, Ganderbal, a group of miscreants assembled on road and pelted stones on ITPB deployment due to which an ASI of ITBP was injured,” he said.
He further said to clear the roads of blockades, forces used some force in which a miscreant got injured.
The spokesman said in its continuous drive against miscreants and instigators 58 people found involved in the offences of damaging civilian vehicles, shops/houses and placing obstructions on roads/lanes have been arrested during last 24 hours.