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Boy’s death sparks clashes in Srinagar (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

12 year old boy succumbed to pellet injuries 
A twelve-year-old boy succumbed to pellet injuries in Srinagar, sparking fresh clashes between protesters and security forces at various places in Kashmir, even as curfew continued in areas under seven police stations of the city.

The ruling PDP demanded a time-bound probe into the death of the boy.
Junaid Akhoon, who was hit by pellets in the head and chest at Saidapora in the Safakadal police station area died at Hospital, taking the death toll in the three month’s of unrest to 84. 

Different views on death
While the police said the boy was injured in clashes between protesters and the security forces, the local residents alleged that he was not involved in any protest. Use of force was unprovoked and excessive.

Start of recent unrest
Life remained affected for the 92nd day in Kashmir after the killing of Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8.



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