Teenager killed during police-demonstrators clash in J&K
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 00:53
  
Srinagar: A teenager was today killed during a clash between stone-pelting demonstrators and security personnel, following which a flash strike hit the old parts of the city.

The victim, identified as Tufail Ahmad Mattoo, died after receiving head injuries in Ghani stadium area near Rajouri Kadal, official sources said.

Locals, however, alleged that security personnel hit the victim on the head by rifle butts, which resulted in his death on the spot.

The incident led to further stone-pelting. Police claimed Tufail died after receiving head injuries after tripping on a stone while security forces were chasing the stone pelters.

The body of the deceased has been taken for postmortem to ascertain the exact cause of the death, a police spokesman told PTI.

He denied that the youth was killed in firing or hit by security forces.

Groups of youth resorted to stone pelting in Gani stadium area of Rajouri Kadal late this afternoon "without any reason", the spokesman said.

Police first used cane charge and then lobbed tear gas shells as demonstrators hurl stones on police and vehicles, he said.

He said the stone pelters were being chased when the incident occurred.

Shopkeepers pulled down their shutters in Rajouri Kadal, Kawdara, Rainawari and Nowhatta and traffic went off the roads as the news of the teenager's death spread, they said.

-PTI


First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 00:53


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