Another protester was martyred as fresh anti-India protests shook Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Saturday, bringing the number of civilian deaths in a wave of unrest in the Muslim-majority region to 100.
One man was martyred in Anantag town when police fired at demonstrators who started pelting stones when authorities retrieved the body of a man who drowned on Monday when police allegedly chased him into a river.
“Security forces had to open fire to quell the demonstration,” a police officer said from Anantnag, south of occupied Srinagar.
Authorities also reported another young protester died in hospital on Saturday after being injured earlier in the week when security forces fired on stone-hurling protesters in occupied Srinagar.
So far, 100 protesters and bystanders — including children — have been killed since June, mostly by security forces firing on demonstrators who were pelting stones, according to an AFP tally.