Srinagar, August 22: A teenage boy was killed after he was hit by a tear smoke shell fired by Indian troops in Srinagar, bringing the death toll to 83 during the ongoing Intifada in the territory.
The 17-year-old Irfan Ahmad from Fateh Kadal area of Srinagar was killed during a peaceful protest demonstration in Malarata area of the city, yesterday. Despite curfew and other restrictions, the killing led to forceful anti-India protest demonstrations in Srinagar and adjoining areas.
Meanwhile, the blockade of supplies from outside to the landlocked Valley is hitting ordinary Kashmiris hard as all the districts including Srinagar, Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Badgam, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Kupwara have been witnessing round-the-clock curfew for the past 45 days.
People defying curfew and other restrictions held anti-India protest rallies in almost all major towns and districts of the territory. Hundreds of protesters comprising Muslims and Sikhs held forceful protests against the desecration of a Gurdwara at Seer Saali area of Ashmuqam in Islamabad district.
In Palhallan, Imams of mosques and pro-freedom activists addressing a rally reaffirmed their commitment to continue freedom struggle, come what may. Doctors and paramedics staged a protest demonstration in Pulwama against the use of pellets by Indian armed forces on unarmed civilians. The protesters were carrying placards, reading ‘Stop use of pellet guns’ and stop attacks on ambulance drivers’.
On the other hand, the Kashmir Economic Alliance in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the assault on Kashmiri journalist Sumaiya Yusuf by the personnel of Indian armed forces. The statement said that Sumaiya Yusuf, who is associated with a Srinagar-based English daily Rising Kashmir, was targeted for revealing Indian brutalities in her reports.