Kashmir on edge again as teen dies of pellet injuries
J&K govt orders ‘time-bound probe’ into death of minor
Fresh protests erupted in Kashmir on Saturday after a 13-year-old boy allegedly died of pellet injuries and security forces fired tear gas shells on thousands of people during his funeral procession in the curfew-bound Valley.
Images of mourners huddled together trying to prevent the body, draped in green, from falling from their hands as police rained tear gas shells went viral on social media, evoking widespread anger in the Valley that has remained under lockdown for nearly three months.
The death of Junaid Ahmed, a resident of Saidepora in Srinagar, also brought back into focus the use of pellet guns which have left hundreds of people with eye injuries, some of them losing their sight in both eyes.
Junaid was the 89th person to die in Kashmir since the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8 sparked street protests across the Valley. The Centre responded by sending more security personnel and clamping down Mourners huddle around the body of Junaid Ahmed, 13, as tear gas shells are fired during his funeral procession in Srinagar on Saturday.
on mobile and internet services besides placing vast areas under curfew. Two policemen have also been killed and hundreds of government forces injured during the protests, the biggest in six years.
The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of chief minister
Mehbooba Mufti, which has so far defended the use of force to control stone-pelting protesters, on Saturday demanded a “timebound probe” into the death of the minor and said he was not involved in protests.
The death of a minor girl in Secunderabad last week after fasting for 68 days in line with a Jain ritual, allegedly at the behest of her parents, has raised questions whether children should be allowed to fast for religious beliefs.
The incident came to light on Friday when Andhra Pradesh Balala Hakkula Sangham lodged a complaint with the Hyderabad police seeking action against the parents, who allegedly forced their daughter to fast in the name of tapasya (penance) as part of the Chaturmas ritual for the prosperity of the family.
Thirteen-year-old Aradhana, a Class 8 student of St Francis School and the only child of Lakshmi Chand Manish Samdari, a popular jewellery merchant, collapsed in the evening of October 2 — the last day of her 68-day fast.