A youth died after police fired teargas shells to disperse protesters at Nasrullahpora village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district Friday, locals said. Police, however, claimed that the youth died of a heart attack. The locals alleged that the CRPF and police chased a group of youths at Nasrullah pora, when Junaid Ahmad Mir was hit by a teargas shell.
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The police denied the allegation and said Mir died due to cardiac arrest. “Junaid was brought dead to the hospital. As per doctors, prima facie he died of cardiac arrest as there are no marks on his body,’’ a police spokesman said. The superintendent of JVC hospital said people who brought in the body did not allow an autopsy to be conducted.
Meanwhile, the police claimed to have arrested 72 people from different parts of the Valley. The government had imposed restrictions in the old city to quell protests during Friday prayers.