A government school was gutted during clashes in Kulgam district on Wednesday, with locals alleging it was due to the use of tear gas shells by security forces.
While the police control room in Kulgam confirmed that Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Mirhama area of the district was gutted when forces and civilians clashed in the area, it did not comment on why the fire started.
Local residents, however, said tear gas shells were fired to break up the rally in the school compound.
The district saw pro-Azaadi rallies through the day and clashes followed. Although scores of people suffered injuries, a senior health official said at least seven people were injured by pellets but were stable.
In a separate incident in the district, a 70-year-old man died of a probable cardiac arrest after clashes took place in the Chawalgam area of the district.
Although locals said that the death occurred after firing of tear gas shells and sounds of loud explosions occurred in the area, police did not comment on the reason behind the death.
A district health official told HT that since the body was not brought to the block hospital, the exact reason of the death could not be ascertained.
Clashes also occurred in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Pulwama districts and north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Scores were reported to be injured.