At a time when Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar, forces killed a youth at South Kashmir’s Pinglina village in Pulwama district. Twenty civilians were injured in the clashes.
The youth identified as Mohammad Amir Mir of Ratnipora was injured when police and CRPF used force to disperse protestors at Pinglena. The villagers in South Kashmir had announced a rally at Prichoo close to Pulwama town on Wednesday, however, forces blocked all the roads leading towards the venue and also dismantled the stage that had been setup for the rally. Villagers still assembled at Pinglena and tried to march towards Prichoo, but forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and firing to disperse the protestors. Mir, who was injured, succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital.
Medical Superintendent Shri Maharaha Hari Singh hospital Nazir Choudhary told The Indian Express one youth from Pulwama was brought dead in the hospital.
Local villagers said that more than twenty civilians sustained injuries in these protests. “The protests are still going at Pinglena and adjacent villagers; I saw many injured people being shifted to hospital in private vehicles,” said Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Urichursu village.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar, he was taken to Nehru guest house under tight security. Singh will be meeting various delegations especially leaders of mainstream political parties in the afternoon. Traders Federation Kashmir has already decided not to meet Home Minister.
Congress that had skipped the meeting with Union Home Minister last month has decided to attend today’s meeting. “We will be meeting the Home Minister at around 4 pm,’’ J&K Congress vice president told The Indian Express.