Death toll rises to 70 as another youth dies in IHK

In occupied Kashmir, a teenager boy identified as Amir Lone, a resident of Seedaw area of Shopian succumbed to he injures, today, bringing the death toll to 70.

The boy identified as Amir Lone was injured after being hit by pellets from a very close range on 29 July and was being treated at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar. Doctors had said that the pellets had badly damaged the brain of the boy.

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Meanwhile, the authorities continued curfew and other restrictions across the IHK for the 31st consecutive day, today. However, people defied restrictions in many areas and came out of their houses and staged protests against the ongoing killing spree in the territory.

Around a dozen civilians, including two women, were critically injured after armed forces’ personnel fired pellets on a protest demonstration in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district.

Reports said that Indian police had arrested at least 1300 youth from various parts of Kashmir in the past one month while frequent raids by police have become an order of the day in the territory. The police raids have forced hundreds of youth to go into hiding while people across Kashmir remain awake during nights to foil arrests.

Almost entire Hurriyet leadership including the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik continued to remain under illegal detention either in jails or under house arrest.

Since 1989 several rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces deployed in the Kashmir region, seeking either independence or a merger of the territory with neighbouring Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since they won independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full.

Overall violence in the restive territory has sharply declined during the last decade, but armed clashes between rebels and government forces still break out regularly.

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