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Day 120: 12 injured in fresh clashes in Srinagar

Official said Sofi was reported missing on October 25 and found in an unconscious state in Shalimar area of the city six days later and hospitalised.
File : Protestors clash with police in Srinager

At least 12 people injured in a fresh clashes that erupted following death of a teen on Saturday. The incident happened after the death of a 16-year-old boy due to alleged poisoning in Eidgah area of the city.

The boy identified as Qaiser Sofi from Eidgah area of the city died at a hospital in Srinagar early today. After his burial, some youth indulged in stone pelting on security forces, prompting use of force by the law enforcing agencies, a police official said, according to PTI report.

The police official added that at least 12 people were injured out of which six have sustained pellet injuries.

The official said Sofi was reported missing on October 25 and found in an unconscious state in Shalimar area of the city six days later and hospitalised.

Local resident, however, alleged that the teen was force fed some poisonous substance by security forces. Normal life elsewhere in the valley remained affected for the 120th consecutive day due to the separatist-sponsored strike

The report said most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations across Kashmir were shut, some were open in few areas in Civil Lines and outskirts of the summer capital Srinagar.

The official  said most of the public transport continued to remain off the roads but auto-rickshaws and cabs were seen plying at some places in the Valley, including in few areas of the city in Srinagar.

The separatists, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation in Kashmir, have been issuing weekly protest calendars since Hizbul militant Burhan Wani’s killing in an encounter with security forces on July 8. The separatists have extended the strike till November 10.

While there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPC were in place throughout the Valley, the official said

As many as 85 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.

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