Youth Injured On Poll Day Succumbs, Toll 9


Srinagar: A resident of Kulgam who was critically injured in Border Security Force firing on the polling day in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on April 9 succumbed to his injuries in a Srinagar hospital Wednesday morning, taking the death toll to 9.

Eight civilians were killed on 9 April in Budgam and Ganderbal districts in firing by government forces.

The deceased Muzaffar Ahmed Mir (25) son of Ghulam Mohiuddin, a resident of Zangalpora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district and a local youth Omar Farooq were seriously injured whenBSF personnel opened fire on protesters at Barsoo area of Ganderbal district.

Omar had died on the spot while Muzaffar had received a bullet injury in thigh and was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of SKIM.

After battling for life over a week, Muzaffar died in the hospital on Wednesday morning.

Eight youth were killed and 150 were wounded by Government Forces as large scale protests, clashes marred polling in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency. The slain youth were identified as Faizan Fayaz Dar (15), Abass Jahangir (22) of Dalwan Pakharpora, Shabir Ahmed Bhat (22) of Dawlatpora Chadoora, Nisar Ahmed Mir (25) of Ratsun Beerwah, Akeel Ahmed Wani (22) of Churmujroo Beerwah, Adil Farooq Sheikh (19) of Yarigund Kawoosa Khalisa, Amir Ahmed Rather (20) of Dadwanpora Chadoora and Omar Farooq Ganie (21) of Barsoo Ganderbal.

Meanwhile police sealed the adjacent villages of Zangalpora including Brazlo, Mir Bazar and Devsar to stop people from visiting the native village of the deceased youth. ‘The movement of the mourners was restricted to maintain law and order,” said a police official.

Witnesses added that amid police restrictions, thousands of mourners joined the funeral prayers of the slain youth and laid him to rest amid pro-freedom slogans.

Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Baroosa and its adjoining areas in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday after the news of death of a Kulgam youth spread in the area. He was a labourer in the area.

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