June 2018 News

Valley Eid Clashes Leave Youth Dead, Scores Hurt

16 June 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: Hundreds of youths on Saturday clashed with security personnel in parts of Srinagar, Sopore, Shopian, Kupwara and Anantnag after the Eid prayers, leaving one dead and scores, including security personnel, injured. While the police claimed 34-year-old Sheeraz Ahmed was killed in a hand grenade explosion in Anantnag, the locals claimed he had died of pellet injuries during clashes at Janglat Mandi. 'The forces fired pellets at the protesters. Ahmed, who sustained injuries on his head and neck, succumbed later,' a local resident said. 'Preliminary investigation reveals that a hand grenade exploded, leading to the death of Sheraz Ahmad. His right hand was damaged,' a spokesperson said. Medical Superintendent of Anantnag District Hospital Majeed Mehrab, however, said the youth died of pellet injuries. Despite the clashes, Eid was celebrated with much fervour in the Valley, with the biggest gathering at the Hazratbal shrine, two days after the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and two of his guards. Meanwhile, a CRPF jawan was injured in a militant attack on the outskirts of Srinagar at noon - the third such attack in and around Srinagar in the past three days. The militants escaped. The Centre is to announce on Sunday its decision on whether to extend the 'Ramzan ceasefire'.