15-Year-Old Found Dead With Pellet Injuries fuels Protests in Kashmir

The pellet death of Momin Altaf has provoked yet another storm in Kashmir as protesters engage in demonstrations.

SRINAGAR: A 15-year-old boy died in police firing in Harwan on the outskirts of the city on Friday evening which have led to Curfew-like restrictions as massive protests erupted in Srinagar.

15-year-old Momin Altaf was shot dead after Indian armed forces used pellet guns on protesting crowds in Harwan last evening. The body of Momin Altaf was found with pellet injuries late last night, a police officer said today.

Allegedly, the police claim that they had fired pellets from a distance and it should not have led to his death.

During his funeral prayers this morning, security forces tried to stop the demonstrations by firing tear gas shells to disperse protesters who were throwing stones at them, a police spokesman said. The authorities imposed a curfew yet again, blocking entry points to the area as people from other localities tried to reach Harwan to participate in the funeral prayers, hence paralyzing life for yet another time in Srinagar.

In south Kashmir, which has been worst hit by the protests, the Army has recently deployed one additional brigade comprising three artillery battalions. Sources say more troops are on way to contain the unrest.

Earlier this week, two people were killed and dozens injured in firing by security forces in Bandipore and Shopian. With Altaf’s death, the number of civilian killings is now 85.

Kashmir stands battered by unrest and violence since two months now, ever since the killing of the 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.