Kashmir: 12-year-old dies from pellet injuries, death toll rises to 84
India has been widely criticised for the use of pellet guns in Kashmir. (File photo) Photograph: (AFP)
Curfew was imposed in parts of Srinagar, the capital city of India's Kashmir, after a 12-year-old boy died of pellet injuries late last night (October 7), taking the death toll to 84 in the beleaguered state.
Junaid Akhoon was hit by a volley of pellets in the head and chest during clashes between protesters and security forces in the Safakandal area of the city.
Akhoon was standing outside his house and was not part of the protests, Indian police sources told Indian television news agency NDTV.
The adolescent's death has renewed tension in Srinagar city.
Curfew has been imposed in areas that fall under the jurisdiction of seven police stations — Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma and Batamaloo. Restrictions on assembly of 10 or more people have also been enforced
"Restrictions on assembly of people are in force in rest of the Kashmir Valley while security forces have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order," an unnamed official said.
Normal life was paralysed for the 92nd day in Kashmir, as educational institutes and business establishments remained shut.
The region has been on the boil ever since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was gunned down by Indian security forces on July 8, sparking a series of protests across the state.
Thousands have been injured and hundreds blinded in clashes between Indian forces and anti-India protesters following Wani's death.
(WION with inputs from PTI)