Young man killed by Indian army ignites fresh protests in northern Kashmir as uprising in valley continues.
A 19-year-old man was killed by Indian government forces after they fired shots at protesters demanding freedom from Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press news agency, said the man died in the northwestern Sopore area on Friday after soldiers opened fire on demonstrators who allegedly attacked an army convoy with stones.
However, residents and family members said the man, Waseem Ahmad, was working in his orchard along with other people when soldiers fired.
|“There was no protest or stone pelting. Everything was quiet. He was killed without a reason. It was a cold blooded murder”|
Ahmad’s cousin, Abdul Rasheed Lone, confirmed there was no protest taking place when troops fired the shots.
“Waseem was going along with a few boys toward his paddy fields to help his uncle when four army vehicles drove up and soldiers opened fire on him,” Lone told Al Jazeera
“There was no protest or stone pelting. Everything was quiet. He was killed without a reason. It was a cold-blooded murder.”
A local doctor told the Greater Kashmir newspaper that a round went through Ahmad’s back and hit his heart.
“The bullet had damaged his heart and caused instant death,” said Dr Masood of District Hospital Baramulla in north Kashmir.
Protesters took to the streets of the village after news of Ahmad’s death, chanting “we want freedom” and clashed with government forces.
Fighting also erupted in at least three other places and at least 30 people were reported injured.
A strict curfew was also imposed on Old Srinagar and south Kashmir.
Government forces also blocked worshippers from Friday prayers at large mosques for the 11th consecutive week.