Kash­mir on edge again as teen dies of pel­let in­juries

J&K govt or­ders ‘time-bound probe’ into death of mi­nor

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ashiq Hus­sain let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Srini­vasa Rao Ap­pa­rasu let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.


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