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J-K: Youth killed in clashes with security forces, another body found in Jhelum

A youth was killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Qazigund area of South Kashmir on Saturday taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest to 73.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2016 01:19 IST
Ashiq Hussain
A protester holds a flag of Pakistan occupied Kashmir during a protest in Srinagar,  Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
A protester holds a flag of Pakistan occupied Kashmir during a protest in Srinagar, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.(AP)

A youth was killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Qazigund area of South Kashmir on Saturday taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest to 73, most of them civilians.

24-year old Basit Ahmed Ahangar was brought to the district hospital in Anantnag with pellet injuries sustained during clashes, a police official said, adding he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

“The youth is dead. He had multiple pellet injuries. Besides, he received some other injuries apparently caused by some blunt object,” said Fazil Kochak, chief medical officer of Anatnag, adding that the youth was brought from Vessu village of Qazigund in Anantnag district.

Residents said the area witnessed clashes between stone pelting youths and security forces during the day. Police refused to specify how the youth received blunt injuries.

Meanwhile, tension gripped Lal Chowk in Srinagar after the body of a youth was found floating on river Jhelum on Saturday, hours before an all-party delegation was scheduled to arrive in Kashmir on Sunday.

People came out in the evening protesting after news spread that the body “bore some pellet injuries” even as Kashmir remained on the edge for the 57th day.

People took the body in a procession and offered funeral prayers near Palladium Lane. As they tried to march with the body to the graveyard, police swung into action using force to disperse them and take the body in their possession.

“We took the body as people were on their way for its burial. We wanted to do the medical formalities and also identify the body,” said Manzoor Ahmed, station house officer at Shaheedganj police station stating that the body bore no pellet wounds. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the person was a non-Muslim. He was also a non-local who had probably drowned,” said Ahmed, adding that the youth was in his late twenties.