Fresh clashes between the protesters and the security forces in the valley injured 12 people on Saturday. The troubled situation started after a 16-year-old boy died due to alleged poisoning in the Eidgah area of the city. In the morning the boy Qaiser Hameed Sofi died at a hospital.
Sofi had gone missing on 27th October from near his home and he found next day in an unconscious state in a drain in the Shalimar area. Later, he was admitted to Kashmir’s Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences.
Local residents alleged that security forces forced him to fed some poisonous food. Dr. SA Tabish, medical superintend of SKIMS said, “The boy has succumbed (to his injuries). He had a history of assault, affecting his brain and kidneys; we were treating that.”
He added that when he was brought to the hospital the attendants said that he was poisoned, so the doctors washed his stomach and send the report to forensic laboratory.
His mother Mehmooda Begum said that on Thursday he went out from home to see Muharram procession and gone missing. Then his family found him in a drain. His mother alleged there were torture marks on his chest.
She added, “We demand an impartial probe into the incident and the arrest of the accused at the earliest.”
After his burial, some protesters pelted stones on security forces. A police officer asserted that 12 people were injured and six of them sustained pellet injuries.
Normal life in the valley remained affected for the 120th consecutive days. Most of the shops, fuel stations and business establishments were remain closed. Only in civil lines and outskirts of Srinagar, some shops were open.
Since the death of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, the separatists who are sponsoring the strike have been issuing weekly protest calenders. The separatists have extended the strike till 10th November.
An official said that throughout the valley there was no prohibition on the movement of the people. But there was a restriction on the gathering of people under Section 144 CrPC. The official stated that security forces have been deployed in the assailable places like roads to maintain law and order.
Since, the unrest has started in the valley, more than 85 people and several thousand were injured. Also, around 5000 security personnel were injured in the ongoing protest.