Kashmir unrest: Youth succumbs to injuries, death toll rises to 80

The pellet ridden body of 11-year old Nasir Shafi son of Muhammad Shafi of New Theed Harwan was found near local water reservoir late last night after the protests in the area, residents of the area told media.

The unrest in Kashmir Valley began on July 8 when Hizbul militant Burhan Wani was gunned down in an encounter and violent clashes broke out.

"The body clearly had pellet injuries and apparently bore some torture marks", the villager said. "He went missing around 5 pm when forces chased the protesters", said a respectable of the area.

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Amid curfew imposed in parts of the Valley on Friday, more than 50 people were injured in clashes with security forces.

"The intensity of protests has come down but it continues in a restrained manner after the security forces withdrew in the evening", Khan said.

Six persons were also injured in alleged thrashing by government forces in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Saturday.

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A Sub Inspector of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was injured when a mob pelted stones on the Srinagar-Leh highway at Wussan, 32 km from the state's summer capital.

As curfew-like restrictions and separatist-called shutdown crippled life on the 71 st consecutive day on Saturday, a police official said curfew has been imposed in the towns of Budgam and Pulwama in view of a call for a march issued by the separatists. Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain paralysed in Kashmir for the 70th consecutive day due to restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike The separatists have extended the protest programme till September 22.

As the news of the boy's death spread, thousands of villagers from other areas gathered in Harwan to hold protest demonstrations.

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Shops, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport continued to be off roads.The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected, the official said.

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