Kashmir Unrest: Toll Touches 67


Jammu: The unrest in Kashmir Valley entered its 44th day even as a 25-year-old youth died on Sunday due to a tear gas shell injury during clashes with security forces in the old city area of Srinagar, taking the death toll in the ongoing violence to 67.

Police said Abdul Majid, 25, died in the hospital where he had been shifted for treatment after being hit on the chest by a tear gas shell during clashes with security forces in Fateh Kadal of Srinagar city where the curfew was in force.

He was shifted to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, an official added. According to police, a group of protesters defied curfew restrictions in the area and carried out a protest march over the death of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, pelting stones at security forces who used tear smoke to disperse them.

Police said clashes also erupted between the security forces in Behrampora and Rafiabad areas of Baramulla district during the day. Wani was gunned down by security forces on July 8 following which the Valley erupted in protest.

Wani’s killing led to a war of words between India and Pakistan who have been at loggerheads for decades over the Kashmir issue.