Violence continues as Indian minister visits Kashmir

Man killed as two-day visit to restive region by India's home minister so far fails to dampen protests

Violence continues as Indian minister visits Kashmir

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amid seven weeks of pro-independence protests, Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Indian-held Kashmir region on Wednesday.

One civilian was killed by gunfire and over 40 more wounded by Indian forces in southern Kashmir that morning, fueling more intense protests. 

According to residents of Pinglan village in Pulwama, 20-year-old Amir Ahmad Mir was killed by Indian troops who also vandalized a large tent erected for a pro-independence meeting and beat up local volunteers.

One resident, Asif Ahmad Sofi, told Anadolu Agency: “There were huge protests afterwards and clashes with the Indian soldiers who used their usual guns, pellet guns and tear-gas shells.

The dead man had been wounded previously in February, forcing doctors to remove his spleen after he was hit by buckshot used by Indian forces in Kashmir as ‘non-lethal weapons’ to quell disturbances.

A doctor at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency: “He succumbed to his injuries soon after he was brought to the hospital. His body and organs were perforated with hundreds of pellets.”

At least 68 civilians have been killed and over 6,000 wounded, according to government figures, in firing by the Indian forces since pro-independence protests started on July 8.

According to police, 16 Indian armed personnel were also wounded in a militant attack on Wednesday afternoon. Police said that a grenade was thrown in Pulwama, 35 kilometers [22 miles] from Srinagar.

 

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