J&K: 12-year-old boy succumbs to pellet injuries, death toll rises to 89

The Valley has witnessed continuous protests for the past three months during which 89 civilians have been killed.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar | Published:October 8, 2016 12:24 pm
Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir curfew, Kashmir boy death, Kashmir pellet deaths, Srinagar curfew The boy was declared dead by doctors at Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) on Saturday. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

A 12-year-old boy who was hit by pellets fired by security forces in Eidgah area of Srinagar on Friday afternoon succumbed to his injuries at a Srinagar hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning. Junaid Ahmad, a resident of Saidapora area of Eidgah Srinagar went into coma after being hit by pellets in the head and chest.

The boy was declared dead by doctors at Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) on Saturday. The latest civilian killing of the schoolboy has sparked fresh protests in Srinagar. The Valley has witnessed continuous protests for the past three months during which 89 civilians have been killed.

A senior doctor at SKIMS, who did no wish to be named, said Junaid had suffered subdural haematoma – a deadly head injury – and was declared dead during the night. “He had multiple pellets in brain leading to multiple contusions,” he said.

J-K government imposed curfew in several areas of Srinagar following his death.

Juanid’s killing is the second instance when a child has been killed by pellets. On September 16, 11-year-old Nasir Shafi Qazi, a resident of Harwan area of Srinagar, was hit by pellets causing multiple injuries.

The roads across Srinagar city today wore a deserted look with security forces checking the handful of private vehicles seen on the roads. Normal life remained affected for the 92nd consecutive day in Kashmir following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.