J&K: Teargas, pellets at 12-yr-old’s funeral procession, 3 injured

The incident took place when a large crowd was accompanying Junaid Ahmad Akhoon’s body to the cemetery in Eidgah.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar | Published:October 9, 2016 3:31 am
jammu and kashmir, kashmir curfew, kashmir boy death, kashmir pellet deaths, srinagar curfew During Junaid’s funeral procession, Saturday. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Police and paramilitary forces Saturday fired teargas shells and pellets at the funeral procession of a 12-year-old boy, who died of pellet injuries sustained a day earlier. The incident took place when a large crowd was accompanying Junaid Ahmad Akhoon’s body to the cemetery in Eidgah.

A Class VII student and a resident of Saidapora in Srinagar, Junaid died after being hit on the head and chest by pellets fired by security forces on Friday, his family said. His death takes the civilian toll in the violence to 89.

A doctor at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) said Junaid had died of “subdural haematoma” because of “multiple pellets in the brain”. His uncle Mohammad Iqbal alleged, “He was with his mother when the forces fired at him from 20-25 feet away… there were no protests at the time…”

Those who participated in the funeral procession alleged that the security forces fired teargas shells and pellets at the crowd when it was near Aali Masjid. Three people who received injuries were rushed to SKIMS. The procession eventually took a different route to reach the cemetery.

Junaid is the second minor to have been allegedly killed by pellets in the last month. On September 16, an 11-year-old died allegedly after being hit by over 300 pellets.

SHO, Safakadal Police Station, refused to comment on the incident. The ruling PDP has called the killing “unprovoked” and demanded a probe. “We, as a party, have asked the government to probe this incident,” PDP general secretary Nizam-ud-Din Bhat said.

In an official statement, the PDP said, “The party is anguished over reports of use of unwarranted force which claimed life of an innocent boy.”

The National Conference has called the boy’s killing “heartbreaking and horrific”.

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    Vipin Tikoo
    Oct 9, 2016 at 9:51 am
    What are we upto in Kashmir ? We seem have lost all shame , humanity and reason . Our forces are breaking all records of barbarism ; are our forces working to extend the agenda of our enemies ; are our forces to bind people or to force them into alienation and enmity by blinding , killing , abusing and raping . Are we to blame stan for consequences , if we kill a small school kid in cold blood and then attack the funeral ? Is it just to win elections that we want to keep the pot boiling ?
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    Mehboob Tanoli
    Oct 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm
    Being a stani I just demand to stop this torture by indian stat. Go to win heart of Kashmiris nor their bodies. If Kashmir is "atoot ang" of India then why this barbarism. You are pushing them to go with stan
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    Mehboob Tanoli
    Oct 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm
    Being a stani I just demand to stop this torture by indian stat. Go to win heart of Kashmiris nor their bodies. If Kashmir is "atoot ang" of India then why this barbarism. You are pushing them to go with stan.
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