Another death in Kashmir has fanned the silent anger of its populace, with hundreds gathering for the funeral of 15-year-old Momin Altaf. After being crippled by unrest for more than two months now, the people of valley are still not ready to give up the series of protests that broke since the killing of Burhan Wani.
The 15-year-old marks the 85th death in the strife ridden state and he was killed when police opened fire on a protest in Jammu and Kashmir’s Harwan town on Friday.
Pellet guns on protesting crowds were used and his body was found ridden with pellet injuries late last night, a police officer said on Saturday. Even as the forces claim that the guns were used from a distance and the guns should not have led to his death, a large number of people gathered his funeral prayers this morning.
South Kashmir has been the worst hit area and Army deployed one additional brigade comprising three artillery battalions recently. Sources say more troops are on way to contain the unrest. Just a little earlier two people were killed and dozens injured in firing by security forces in Bandipore and Shopian.
Kashmir has been crippled by unrest for over two months, ever since 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed by security forces on July 8.