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Kashmir: Death Toll Rises to 82 As Clashes Continue

Locals, army and fire fighters try to douse the major fire at Hanafia High School in the Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Monday. Credit: PTI

Locals, army and fire fighters try to douse the major fire at Hanafia High School in the Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Monday. Credit: PTI

A 19-year-old woman died of cardiac arrest in the Shopian district during security force action against stone-pelting protestors on Monday, taking the toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 82. Meanwhile, a school building caught fire under mysterious circumstances in nearby Anantnag district.

Khushboo, daughter of Mohammad Hussain, collapsed during the clashes between protestors and security forces at Vehil, Shopian, a police official said.

He said the girl was taken to Shopian district hospital where doctors declared her “brought dead”. The preliminary cause of death was stated to be cardiac arrest, police said.

“People from Gadafpora and other villages came out of their houses since early morning to proceed towards Vehil village to participate in a proposed freedom rally-cum-unity conference of various sects, there. However, the forces on way stopped them, triggering clashes. In the afternoon, announcements were made from mosque loudspeakers in Kachdoora and Chatwatan, asking people from adjoining villages to reach there as forces had injured many people and also set ablaze houses and a school,” Khusboo’s family told Greater Kashmir.

They added that Khusboo’s father and brother had also joined the protest, and she was worried and went out to look for them. “While she was about to reach Chatwatan where violent clashes were going on, she along with other people ran for safety after hearing loud bangs of teargas and sound shells,” her cousin Nisar Ahmad Bhat told Greater Kashmir. She then collapsed, he added, and others rushed her to the hospital.

With this death, the toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8 has risen to 82.

Meanwhile, the Hanafia High School building in the Lal Chowk area of Anantnag was damaged in a fire incident, police said. They said the cause of the fire was not known yet. No casualty has been reported in the incident, police said.

(With PTI inputs)