Kashmir youth injured during Indian parl poll dies, toll mounts to 9

A youth injured during clashes with armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal, on the day of voting for the Srinagar seat of the lower house of the Indian parliament, passed away at a hospital during the intervening night.

Eight people, mostly teenagers and youth, were killed during pro-freedom clashes on April 9.  “With the death of Muzaffar Ahmad Mir, the death toll has now reached nine,” a medical official said.

He said 22-year-old Mir was brought to SK Institute of Medical Sciences in Soura with injuries in chest and one of his arms.

He was a resident of Zanglipora in Kulgam district but was wounded during clashes in Ganderbal district’s Borus.

Widespread clashes had taking place against voting for the Indian parliament on April 9. Scores of people were wounded amid the lowest voter turnout of just over 7 per cent.

The fallout of the unprecedented low voter turnout and massive clashes in Srinagar forced the deferment of the Anantnag by-poll that was scheduled on April 12.

While the Election Commission pushed this to May 25, all indications on the ground suggest it would have to be deferred to October or beyond.