The death toll in Kashmir went up to 81 as the pellet-ridden body of a youth was found in Srinagar. The body of teenager Momin Altaf Ganai, a resident of Harwan in Srinagar, was found in the area late last night a police official said today. He said Ganai’s body bore injuries caused by pellets.
The teenager was injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Harwan on Friday, the official said, adding that he had gone missing immediately after the clashes.
The incident triggered massive protests in Srinagar. Although the boy had pellet injuries, sources said that the security forces asserted that they had pellets from a distance and that it was not the cause of the youth’s death.
This is the second incident where a youth succumbed to injuries due to clashes in less than a week’s time in the valley. On September 11, Javid Ahmad Dar (16) died after he suffered grievous injuries during clashes.
Dr. Farooq Jan, medical superintendent of SKIMS, said,” A bullet had torn apart his popliteal artery, which runs in close proximity to the joint capsule of the knee. We tried to repair it, but he landed into acute renal failure.”
More than 40 people were injured in the clashes in different areas of the Valley on Friday.