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Minor boy, injured in shell explosion, dies

A 10-year-old boy, who was injured after an unexploded shell went off at an encounter site in Shopian last week, succumbed here today.

Musharaf Fayaz, who was critically injured after an unexploded shell went off at the site of a gunfight on January 25 in Chaigund village in south Kashmir, died today, a police official said.

He said the boy succumbed to his injuries in the early hours today at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura.

The explosion took place when some people were clearing debris from a house where an encounter had taken place a day earlier.

Clashes erupted in Pulwama district today when youth staged a protest against the death of the a minor boy.

An eye witness said that youth took to streets and staged protests at Murran Chowk and Rajpora Chowk after the news of boy’s death spread in the area.

The forces responded by firing tear-gas at the protesters, triggering further clashes.

Meanwhile, thousands of people also participated in the funeral prayers of Musharaf Fayaz. At least two back-to-back funeral prayers were held to accommodate huge rush of mourners amid pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans.

Musharaf was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in his native village at Datmudoor.

With his death, the number of civilians killed in Shopian since January 25 has reached five.

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