Teenager killed as Rajnath begins Kashmir visit

The fresh killing came as Rajnath Singh reached Kashmir to review security and hold talks with civil society members as well as politicians of Jammu and Kashmir.

IANS
Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 24 2016 2:33PM | Updated Date: Aug 24 2016 2:33PM
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An 18-year-old boy was killed after government forces fired pellets and burst teargas shells in a south Kashmir village on Wednesday as Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here to review the situation after weeks of unrest in the valley.

A police officer said Amir Gul Mir was killed after he sustained pellet injuries in a clash between protesters and forces in Pinglina village of Pulwama, some 30 km south of Srinagar.

The teenager was removed to SMHS hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed, the officer said.

With Mir's death, the toll in the ongoing Kashmir unrest has risen to 69 -- including two policemen.

Thousands, including civilians and forces personnel, have been injured since the violence erupted after the July 8 killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

The fresh killing came as Rajnath Singh reached Kashmir to review security and hold talks with civil society members as well as politicians of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mir had recently been discharged from a hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained after police and army allegedly opened fire on group of protesters near an encounter site in Kakapora area of Pulwama district in February earlier this year.

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