Day 66: Injured youth dies, toll 79

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Budgam youth was maimed last month in forces’ action; 250 more injured in fresh protests

Srinagar—A 17-year-old boy who was injured on August 5, the day the pro-freedom leadership called for a march to Hazratbal, succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS hospital Soura on Monday.
Official sources at SKIMS hospital told Kashmir Reader that the youth was hit by a bullet in his right leg and was kept on ventilator in Intensive Care Unit ever since he was admitted to the hospital.
The slain youth, Javed Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, was a resident of Wadwan village of Budgam district. He was injured at Narbal in central Kashmir’s Budgam district during evening clashes with government forces on August 5.
His elder brother, Mohammad Ashraf, said that Javed had gone to Narbal to offer Friday prayers but that day a pro-freedom march towards Hazratbal came under attack by a heavy deployment of troops who fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells at the marchers. Javed was one among the dozens injured in the firing. His bullet-hit right leg showed no recovery ever after five surgeries. The leg was later amputated, the doctors said, to prevent infection in the rest of the body.
The family of Javed said that more than 35 units of blood were injected into him after he suffered severe blood loss as he lay bleeding for half-an-hour at the spot where he fell. The family said that government troops did not let people take Javed to hospital.
Thousands of people poured into Wadwan village to participate in the funeral prayers of Javed. Mosque loudspeakers played pro-freedom songs and people were asked to assemble at the native village of the deceased youth.—KR