Srinagar, Sep 4 : A youth, who was recently injured in clashes with security forces in downtown Srinagar, succumbed on Wednesday morning in a hospital.
This is the first causality in security forces action since Article 370 and Article 35 A were scrapped by the centre on August 5 through a truck driver was killed after being hit by a stone in south Kashmir.
Official sources said that a youth, identified as Asrar Ahmad, a resident of Elahigabh, was critically injured in security force action on demonstrators, protesting against scrapping of special status of J&K, in downtown Srinagar on August 6. They said the injured youth was immediately taken to a hospital. But, after battling for his life, the youth succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday morning.
As the news of the death of the youth spread in Srinagar, instantaneous protests erupted in many areas in downtown. However, authorities have re-imposed curfew-like restrictions in many areas in downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and Srinagar outskirts to prevent protests.
About 200 stone pelting incidents were reported from different parts of the valley, particularly in the downtown, SeK, outskirts and uptown since August 5. Several persons were injured in these clashes.
Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse demonstrators, who were pelting stones at Rainawari downtown on Tuesday evening. Reports of stone pelting were also received from uptown, including Natipora.(UNI)