Shopian firing: 19-year-old youth injured on Saturday, succumbs

Srinagar: A youth who was injured in army firing on Saturday succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura, taking the death toll to three.

Rayees Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd Yousf Ganie (19) of Narpora, Shopian succumbed to injuries today wee hours after battling for life for about last five days here at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura.

A doctor who operated upon Rayees confirmed his death.

His brain was critically damaged as he was hit by forces on his head,” the doctor said. “He could not sustain the head injury and succumbed to his injuries.

The body of the deceased reached his native village at around 8:00 am, the relatives of the deceased told GNS.

On Saturday, two youth Javed Ahmad Bhat (20) of Balpora and Suhail Javed Lone (24) of Rawalpora Shopian died while several others were injured in army firing at Ganapora area of Shopian.

Police has booked an army unit on murder and ‘attempt to murder’ charges over the shooting of the civilians while as government has also ordered a magisterial probe into the killings.

Army has claimed that they opened fire in “self-defence” after a “mob tried to lynch an officer” during protests. (GNS)

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