Fresh protest erupted on Saturday after a pellet-ridden body of a youth was found in Srinagar on Friday, taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir to 81. Around 40 people were injured in the clashes in different areas of the Valley on Friday.
The body of teenager Momin Altaf Ganai, a resident of Harwan in Srinagar, was found in the area late last night, after security forces used pellet guns on protesting crowds in the Harwan area.
Defying restrictions, a large number of people gathered for his funeral prayers this morning.
Earlier this week, two people were killed and dozens injured in firing by security forces in Bandipore and Shopian. With Altaf’s death, as many as 80 people including two policemen have been killed in the ongoing unrest.
Kashmir has been crippled by unrest for over two months, after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Normal life continued to remain paralysed in Kashmir for the 71st consecutive day due to restrictions and separatist-called strike and shutdown. The separatists have extended the protest programme till September 22.