Srinagar: A youth injured in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police firing last week succumbed to injuries at the SK Institute of medical sciences on Wednesday morning taking the toll in the ongoing unrest to 109.
Meanwhile, six people were injured in fresh protests as indefinite curfew continues across the Valley on the eleventh consecutive day, even as Hurriyat Conference (G) had called off the strike today.
On September 13, at-least 18 people, four among them were killed in Humhama when CRPF and police opened fire to break up widespread pro-freedom demonstrations. Among the injured in forces firing was 25-year-old Sajad Ahmad, son of Abdul Aziz Pandit of Sheikhpora, Humhama. He had sustained bullet injury in abdomen. He was rushed to SMHS hospital and operated upon by a team of doctors. However, as his condition deteriorated, he was referred to SKIMS where doctors put him on life support system. After battling with life for nine consecutive days, Sajad breathed his last early this morning.
â€œThe youth was referred to the institute from SMHS hospital last week. His condition was not good. This morning, he succumbed to injuries,â€ SKIMS, Medical Superintendent, Dr Syed Amin Tabish, said.
Amidst chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, hundreds of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain youth.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out between forces and the protesters in Batmaloo area of the uptown this afternoon when curfew was relaxed.
Reports said groups of youth appeared on the streets in Batmaloo locality and staged pro-freedom and ant-India when curfew was relaxed in cityâ€™s east, west and south areas from 1500 hours onwards.
Besides shouting slogans, the protesters mainly youth pelted rocks and forces on the forces triggering off fierce clashes. The forces allegedly went on rampage after the incident.
â€œCRPF men and police went berserk after some youth hurled a few stones on them. They barged into residential houses and ransacked the house hold items. Window panes of at least a dozen houses and a Masjid were also smashed by them,â€ Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Syed Mohalla said.
However, other areas of the city remained relatively peaceful. The relaxation in curfew saw thousands of people shopping essential commodities from various markets.
Many shops, private offices resumed their activities minutes after the announcement to life the curfew was made.
Lal Chowk, the commercial hub witnessed huge rush of people who thronged various markets to purchase commodities like, milk, vegetables, baby foods, rice and other essentials. Serpentine queues of people were also seen outside the medicine stores.
Earlier in the day, thousands of paramilitary CRPF troops and policemen armed with sophisticated weapons and riot gear guarded the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes of city to scuttle any possible attempt by the people to breach the curfew and stage pro-freedom demonstrations. Besides iron barricades and concertina wires, forces had also placed armored vehicles at many sensitive spots to keep a check on the movement of the people.
A few hours relaxation in curfew was also given in selected parts of other districts of the Valley.
The relaxation in curfew started from Central Kashmirâ€™s Ganderbal district where administration eased the curfew for two hours beginning noon. However, the relaxation was extended by two more hours.
Curfew was lifted for three hours in twin districts Pulwama and Islamabad of South Kashmir from 1300 hours to1600 hours.
In several parts of Pampore including Khrewshar, scores of people, including women and children staged demonstrations to protest the arrest of youth in nocturnal raids. Shouting slogans, the people were demanding immediate released of all the detained youth.
In Shopian, protests broke out when curfew was lifted this afternoon. Reports said that groups of youth in main town engaged the forces in pitched battles once the curfew was relaxed. The ding-dong clashes continued for some time.
However, Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipore reeled under curfew for the eleventh consecutive day though few hours break was given by the administration in several parts yesterday.
Press Bureau of India correspondent from North Kashmir said that curfew was strictly enforced in the districts to restrict the movement of civilians and to thwart pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.
At dozens of places along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway, forces had erected barricades to restrict the movement of people and the vehicles.
At Kunzer, a man identified as Ali Mohammad Wani was thrashed by Army to the pulp. The man was removed to hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that curfew was relaxed in phased manner across various districts of the Valley. The spokesman said that the situation was normal and no untoward incidents took place anywhere.