Youth killed, another injured in forces’ firing in north Kashmir

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Kupwara, Apr 11: A 13-year-old boy was killed and a youth injured as government forces resorted to live ammunition and pellets as they were returning from election duty in Langate area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday night.
Official sources said that a group of youth allegedly pelted stones at government forces when they were returning from election duty near Mandigam village of Langate. The government forces, they said, fired pellets and used live ammunition, leading to the death of a boy identified as Owais Ahmad son of Mushtaq Ahmad Mir resident of Mandigam Qaziabad. One more youth was also injured due to pellet firing in the area.
A doctor at Handwara hospital said the boy was brought dead and he had multiple injuries.
Meanwhile, a 19-year-old Mohammad Yaseen Bhat was injured due to pellet firing in Pattan and he was shifted to Trauma Hospital in the area from where he was shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment.
An elderly woman namely Hajira begum (60) wife of Mohd Ashraf Chakan of Bun Nowgam Sumbal after casting her vote at polling booth in Nowgam fell unconscious and was rushed to nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.
Reports of stone pelting clashes were also recieved from Shakoor Din Mohalla Hajin, Sadnar Sumbal, Khimna Bharabad Sumbal, Lank Reshipora Bandipora, Kazipora Bandipora, JamiaQadeem Sopore, Chewa Sumbal, Kralgund Qaziabad Handwara and Nowgam Sumbal.
20 persons including a CRPF trooper, SRTC driver Abdul Hamid Wani, a goverment official Ghulam Qadri Sheikh and an ASI Mohd Ramzan were injured in clashes.
Two voters namely Nisar Ahmad Sheikh and Bashir Ahamd Ganai received injuries after being pelted with stones at Aloosa Kralpora in Kupwara and Jamia Qadeem Sopore.
Teenager’s killing result of force used with sense of impunity: Shah Faesal
Reacting to the killing of a school student in Langate area of north Kashmir today after the end of elections, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) chairman Shah Faesal said such incidents are result of disproportionate force being used against the protesters.
Owais Ahmad Mir, a class 7th student, was killed during clashes with the government forces in Langate as the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state came to end.
Faesal said that he was very saddened to know about the killing of a teenager in Langate. “A great day has ended on a very sour note. Such killings are a result of disproportionate force being used against the protesters, with a sense of impunity,” said Faesal.
He also added that these incidents are getting repeated inspite of the public outrage and magisterial enquiries ordered everytime. “Those responsible for this gruesome murder should be booked immediately,” he added. “The government can set an example by arresting the accused personnel on the basis of prima facie evidence.”