Kashmir unrest: Death toll rises to 85

One youth was martyred and over two hundred others were injured in the brutal actions of Indian forces on peaceful protesters across Indian-occupied Kashmir.

A large number of people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipore, Kupwara, Islamabad, Bijbehara, Baramulla, Sopore, Palhallan, Pattan, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas, yesterday, and held massive demonstrations against the killing spree unleashed by Indian troops and police in the valley, Kashmir Media Service reported.

The protesters chanted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans and also waved Pakistani flags. Indian forces’ personnel fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters at various places, injuring more than two hundred people, many of them critically.

A youth, Shakeel Ahmad Ganai, who was injured in Haal area of Pulwama district succumbed to his injuries at district hospital in Pulwama. 19-year-old Shakeel Ahmad Ganai, a student of B.A, was hit by a bullet in the chest.

With this killing, the death toll in the ongoing violence in Kashmir has risen to 85. The violence was triggered by the extra-judicial murder of the top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani, by Indian troops on July 8, this year.

The enraged protesters set ablaze effigies of the Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar and Pulwama areas to protest her remarks that only five per cent of the people were supporting the ongoing uprising in the territory.



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