A 19-year-old injured in firing by security forces last week during a protest in central Kashmir succumbed to his injuries at a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday.
Sajad Ahmad Pandit (19), a 1st year college student, was injured after security forces opened fire on people protesting against the alleged burning of the Quran in the United States on September 13. The firing took place in Humhama town in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
The police said Pandit succumbed to his injuries at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in the morning.
“He had a firearm injury in his groin and one of his legs had to be amputated because of the injury,” said institute Medical Superintendent Dr M.A. Tabish.
Thousands participated in Pandit’s funeral procession amid pro-freedom slogans at his hometown in Sheihkhpora in Budgam district.
In North Kashmir two militants were killed in separate encounters in Handwara and Sopore towns, the police said.
“In an encounter with 21 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) and 6 RR, at Dardhaji Zachaldara-Handwara, one unidentified militant was killed today. The dead body was handed over to the police,” a police spokesman said.
“In a similar incident at Dooru-Sopore (50 km from Srinagar) 22 RR and police laid a siege around Dooru area in the wee hours, following information about the presence of militants. So far one militant has been killed in the ongoing encounter,” the spokesman added.