he killing of a 12-year-old boy in Indian Occupied Kashmir sparked fresh clashes as the number of civilian casualties resulting from Indian atrocities rose to over 115.
According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the 12-year-old school boy, Junaid Ahmad, sustained head injuries when Indian forces fired pellets on peaceful protesters in Saidpora area of Srinagar, yesterday. He was shifted to Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries early Saturday morning.
Thousands of people reached the home of the martyred youth when his dead body was brought from the hospital at around 6 AM. They marched towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar to offer his funeral prayers. They shouted high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian police fired teargas shells on the funeral procession near Aali Masjid, injuring many people.
The police action triggered massive clashes between the protesters and the police personnel.
Since July, Indian forces have initiated a crackdown in Occupied Kashmir as calls for freedom rose. The calls were triggered when Indian forces killed Kashmiri separatist leader Burhan Wani.
Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue at the international forum with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif keeping it at the centre of his United Nations address.