A youth was killed in fresh clashes between protesters and forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday, taking the death toll to 47.
The youth, identified by sources as Mushtaq Ahmad of Awantipora, was hit by a bullet from retaliatory firing by forces during clashes.
He was brought dead to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital in the afternoon, succumbing on the way.
Sources at SMHS confirmed the death and added that two more injured patients have been brought.
Earlier in the day, Ishtiyaq Ahmad, who was injured in clashes in Anantnag district a few days ago, died at SKIMS hospital in Srinagar in the morning.
Rajnath Singh to visit Srinagar today
In a first overt political outreach to the Valley, Union home minister Rajnath Singh will reach Srinagar on Saturday to ‘meet various delegations’ there.
Singh is the first high-profile political leader from the ruling NDA government to visit Srinagar after the unrest that engulfed the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
He is likely to reach Srinagar at 11 AM and will hold first meeting with chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior state officials to review law and order situation there.
During his two-day stay, he will hold ‘meetings with different sections of the society’ there, said home ministry officials. The officials didn’t specify the number or composition of such delegations.
“He will meet representatives of political parties, social organisations and leading citizens to get their feedback about the situation,” said a home ministry official.