Teenager dies of drowning after Indian police chase protesters


In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a 17-year-old boy died of drowning after Indian police forced him to jump into a river in Badgam district.

People staged a protest demonstration in Kawoosa area of Badgam district on Friday against the killing of a youth Muhammad Yousuf Kantroo by Indian troops. Yousuf Kantroo, a resident of Badgam district, along with two other youth was martyred by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Pariswani area of Baramulla district on Thursday.

Indian police used brute force to disperse the protesters in Kawoosa near Magam area of Badgam district.

The police chased a group of youth and one of them, Shabbar Hussain Mir (17), jumped into Sukhnag river. Eyewitnesses said that the boy jumped in the river but was unable to swim to safety and drowned.

After hours of search, they said, the teenager’s body was retrieved by residents and taken to his native place for burial.

Shabbar was laid to rest amid tears and sobs as the entire neighbourhood had assembled there to mourn his loss.—KMS


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