Youth killed, 10 wounded in Srinagar clashes


Srinagar : A 17-year-old boy was killed and 10 others wounded as angry protesters shouting anti-India slogans clashed with police over alleged human rights violations near the Jamia Masjid mosque in the Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Friday.

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Scores of people leaving the mosque after the Friday prayers clashed with the police in downtown city and also hurled stones at them. The Kashmir Valley was shut Friday to protest alleged human rights violations in response to a call by hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani.

The police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force responded with batons and tear gas shells.

As the mobs continue to swell, the police fired warning shots in the air.

"In all 11 people were wounded. One youth, who was hit by a tear smoke shell, succumbed to injuries in the Soura Medical Institute this evening. The condition of another injured youth is serious," said a senior police official here.

He said guards of the moderate Hurriyat chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, fired some warning shots in the air when he left the mosque after the Friday prayers.

Relatives of the slain youth, however, maintain he had received bullet injuries.

Authorities have rushed additional police and paramilitary forces to the downtown city as high tension has gripped the entire area.

Youth in hundreds have come out on the streets and are burning old tyres as a mark of protest.