Youth's Death Triggers Fresh Violence In Valley, 35 Hurt

4 June 2009
The Indian Express


Srinagar: At least 35 people were injured in fresh violence that broke out in strike-hit Kashmir Valley on Thursday following the death of a youth in protests even as hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was again placed under house arrest. Nissar Ahmad (25), who was injured on Monday while protesting against the mysterious death of two women in Shopian last week, succumbed to injuries at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here this morning. Soon after Ahmad's body reached his residence on Srinagar-Airport road, hundreds of people who had assembled there marched towards Geelani's Hyderpora house for 'namaz-e- janazah' (prayer before burial). Police and paramilitary forces charged on the slogan- shouting mourners when they reached Hyderpora Chowk, triggering fierce clashes between the two sides. Police fired warning shots and teargas shells to disperse the mourners who pelted stones in retaliation. At least 12 people were injured in the pitched battles, official sources said. Ahmad's body was laid to rest at the Barzalla graveyard. The strike called by Geelani on Monday against the alleged rape and murder of the women has been extended till Friday. Geelani was arrested from his residence yesterday but was released late last night. However, a posse of policemen have been deployed at his residence with a clear direction not to allow him out.