Srinagar, Oct 1:
A youth, who was critically injured in pellet firing of troops, succumbed to injuries on Saturday while life in Valley remained crippled for the 85th consecutive day.
Muzaffar Ahmad Pandit son of Mohammad Ramzan of Check-i-Kawoosa in central Kashmir’s Budgam district succumbed to pellet injuries at SKIMS, Bemina this morning.
Muzaffar had sustained multiple pellet injuries in forces firing at Check-i-Kawsoosa on September 14.
The youth was discharged from SMHS hospital after few days of treatment but was admitted to SKIMS hospital at Bemina some days ago due to severe infection.
His family members said he developed some complications last night and they rushed him to SDH Magam, where from he was referred to SKIMS Bemina, where he expired today.
Thousands of people attended funeral prayers of a slain youth at his native place amidst chanting of pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. He was later buried at graveyard at Check-e-Kawoosa village near the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway.
With his death, the death toll of people killed in over two month long unrest in the Valley has risen to 90. Over 12,000 people have also been injured in the forces action in last 85 days.
The normal life in Valley remained crippled for 85th consecutive day today due to the restrictions and shutdown. The shops, business establishments, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport was off the roads.
A police official said curfew was lifted from all parts of the Valley. He, however, said restrictions remained in force to prevent people from taking to roads and staging anti-India demonstrations.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out between youth and forces in Maisuma area during which forces fired tear gas canisters.
The clashes between youth and cops were also reported from some other areas in downtown and uptown Srinagar.
The residents of Maloora HMT alleged that police thrashed a youth in full public view after he had arrived there to donate blood at a camp organized by locals.
At Nehalpora Pattan, police fired tear-smoke shells and pellets to disperse protesters who were protesting against the arrest of an Imam and continued civilian killings in the Valley.
People at Andergam, Pattan came out on roads and staged protest demonstrations against the police highhandedness. The police and CRPF men fired tear smoke shells and pellets towards the protestors, who were chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. At least three girls suffered pellet injuries in the forces action and one of them was shifted to SMHS Hospital Srinagar for specialized treatment.
The residents of Pattan alleged that forces have let loose a “reign of terror” by resorting to random arrests in different areas of the town including Palhallan, Pattan, Singpora, Ussan, Gosgbugh and Tapper.
They said over 40 youth have been arrested during nocturnal raids and majority of them have been lodged in Joint Interrogation Centre Humhama.