Clashes continue in Indian-held Kashmir, 80 injured amid curfew


ISLAMABAD: (APP) With no letup in curfew and other restrictions on the 44th consecutive day Sunday, at least 80 people, including women, were injured by bullets and pellets fired by Indian troops on peaceful protesters in the territory.

The troops even did not spare an elderly couple and shot them injured at Tral in Pulwama while an eight-year-old boy sustained grave pellet injuries in his chest when police fired at him from point blank range at Nawabazar area of Srinagar, KMS reported.

The couple was grievously injured when troops fired on them at their house in Tral after they tried to resist the arrest of their son.

The injured have been identified as Abdul  Qayoom  Butt, 85, and his wife Nazeera, 80, the parents of Mufti Mujahid Shabbir Falahi, former Jamaat-e-Islami District Secretary Pulwama.

At least 15 other people were injured when forces during nocturnal raids ran a mok in Devsar area of Kulgam and thrashed the inmates.

One of the youth Showkat Ahmad, who was mercilessly beaten up by the forces was referred to hospital in a critical condition. Doctors say that Showkat has grievous head injuries.

In Pampore, doctors and paramedics held protests in hospital premises after an ambulance driver was thrashed by Indian paramilitary personnel men at Tengpora Batmaloo in Srinagar.

The driver identified as Nisar Ahmad Mir of Kunibal Pampore was back from SMHS hospital after dropping patients.

Massive pro freedom rallies continued throughout South Kashmir even as curfew remained in force in all major districts and towns for the 44th day. Bike and car rallies were also held across South Kashmir.

A massive pro freedom rally was held in Pahoo village of Kakpora in Pulwama.

Similar rally was held at Reban Zainapora and Kinigam areas of Shopian. Thousands attended these rallies.

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