At least 40 people including three women sustained pellet and tear gas shell injuries in old Srinagar on Saturday when security forces fired on the funeral of a 16-year-old boy who succumbed at SKIMS late Friday evening.
Witnesses said that forces arrived outside the youth's ancestral house at Ganderpora Eidgah and resorted to massive tear gas and pellet firing in which 10 people sustained injuries.
"As the body of the boy was being taken to martyrs graveyard, police and paramilitary forces again fired tear gas shells and pellets in which 30 more people including six female relatives of the slain teenager sustained injuries. The police also fired bullets in which two youth sustained injuries, one in the abdomen and another in leg," witnesses said. They said that forces didn't even spare the body the youth and resorted to heavy tear gas shelling at the funeral procession outside martyrs graveyard.
Witnesses said that despite forces firing, people managed to take the body to martyrs graveyard where they offered his funeral in which at least 10,000 people participated. The boy was later laid to rest at the martyrs graveyard Eidgah amid pro-freedom slogans.
Reports said that clashes were going on in the area till late evening. Reports of clashes also poured in from Nopora, Sekidafar, Eidgah, Rajouri Kadal, Nawa Kadal and Narwara areas. Late evening reports said that forces barged into residential houses at Eidgah, Tangbagh and resorted to vandalism. Locals alleged that forces broke window panes and hurled abuses at the women.
Late evening reports said that some unknown persons hurled stones at a bus carrying staff of SKIMS in Qamarwari area of Srinagar. A staff member told Greater Kashmir that five staffers were injured.
Reports from north Kashmir's Bandipora said that a school building was gutted in a fire incident. "A fire broke out in old building of Government High School at Saudinara in Bandipora district last night," an official said.
Unknown persons on Friday night attempted to torch a building of Panchayat ghar in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district. Reports said that windows of the building suffered minor damage in the fire.
Reports said that a petrol bomb was hurled at a boutique in main chowk Chadoora. At least seven youth were detained from Mazhama and Kanihama twin villages of Magam, Beerwah, during nocturnal raids.
Reports from Palhalan area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district said that unknown persons torched a shop of automobile mechanics Farooq Ahmed and Talib Ahmed.
In Baramula town, unidentified persons hurled four petrol bombs on tehsil and park road resulting in panic among the locals. According to reports, the incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m when people had thronged the markets on the relaxation call of freedom leadership.
Police Version: "Situation across the valley remained peaceful and under control although a stone pelting incident was reported from Eidgah in Srinagar today. In Srinagar, after the burial of Qaiser Sofi, a mob of miscreants pelted stones upon police/security forces deployment near Eidgah, Safakadal in which some police/security personnel were injured. While dealing with the situation some persons who were part of the stone pelting mob also got injured. They were shifted to hospital where their condition is said to stable till filing of this report," a police statement said.