A 20-year-old man in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag city died of injuries on Saturday after clashes broke out between Indian security forces and civilians following Eid prayers. Government forces fired pellets at protestors, injuring 17 of them, Greater Kashmir reported.
The police alleged that Sheeraz Ahmad of Barakpora was carrying a hand grenade that exploded, damaging his right hand. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died, Hindustan Times reported. Two youngsters, hit by pellets in their eyes, were referred to Srinagar for treatment.
Ahmad is the first civilian to die in violence in Kashmir since the Centre announced that security forces would cease operations during Ramzan.
Trouble began when some youths pelted stones at security forces after Eid prayers in Anantnag’s Janglat Mandi area. The police fired tear gas shells and pellets in an attempt to disperse the protestors, but it led to more clashes. Incidents of stone-pelting and clashes were also reported from Shopian and Srinagar’s Eidgah area.