Civilian death toll mounts to six as another teen succumbs, Youth clash with forces in Pantha Chowk

A teen injured during weekend’s clashes in south Kashmir’s Shopian district succumbed at SMHS hospital on Tuesday, taking the civilian death toll to six.
Quoting family and hospital sources, GNS news agency reported that Sufail Ahmad Bhat (17), son of Ghulam Hassan Bhat of Dachoo village of Nagbal passed away at the SMHS hospital.
Bhat, according to the report, had suffered bullet wounds in his abdomen after the government forces fired into the protesters near the site of a gunfight in Badigam village on Sunday.
Five militants and five civilians had died in the gunfight and the clashes. The slain militants included Hizb commander Saddam Padder and professor-turned-militant Muhammad Rafi Bhat.

Meanwhile, Clashes erupted in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar on Tuesday after the government forces allegedly entered into a mosque to stop anthems being played over its public address system.
Reports said that the forces took exception to ‘taranas’ being played from the mosque in Pantha Chowk and tried to stop their broadcast.
However, youth protested against the forces’ action, triggering clashes between the two sides.
Reports said that three minor boys were detained by the forces during the clashes, which erupted even as the area was witnessing shutdown against the killing of five civilians in forces’ action on protesters in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday.
Joint Resistance Leadership has called for the shutdown.