Kashmir: A protester was killed and about 30 people were injured on Wednesday in clashes with security forces in Ratnipora of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district as Union home minister Rajnath Singh started his two-day visit to the strife-torn valley to step up Centre’s efforts to end the cycle of violence.
Amir Ahmad Mir, 20, was a resident of Ratnipora. His death was confirmed by medical superintendent of Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital or SMHS, Dr Nazir Chaudhary. “The youth was bought dead to the hospital,” Chaudhary told Hindustan Times.
Clashes erupted in Pulwama’s Prichoo neighbourhood at around 4 am after government forces tried to block an independence rally.
In Srinagar, clashes were reported in the Waniyar Safakadal neigbourhood where two motorcyclists were allegedly beaten up by security personnel. Funeral prayers for Mir were observed outside the hospital amid slogans against India. His death now puts the toll at 68 in the violent clashes triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in a gunfight with security forces on July 8. Thousands have also been injured.
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