Article 35A: Protests roil downtown, 5 injured

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A teenage boy was seriously wounded in his face and head when the government forces fired pellets into protestors in the old city on Friday. Four other protestors were also wounded in the clashes that followed the Friday prayer. 
To protest the attempt to scrap the Article 35-A, protests were held at many places in the city. A witness said that violent clashes erupted between the youth and forces at Nowhatta. The forces, according to a witness, fired pellets into the protestors. A police official confirmed that the boy, who was identified as Shakir Ahmed Sofi, 16, a resident of Gill-Kadal downtown, sustained pellet injuries in his head and face. “He was removed to SMHS hospital where his condition is being closely monitored by the doctors,” the official said. A source said that Shakir was later referred to SKIMS, Soura where a team of doctors attend to him for a specialized treatment.
The three other youth who sustained injuries were identified as Muteeb Javaid, 16, a resident of Hawal, who sustained pellet injury to his right eye and face, Sahil Shafi Mir, 15, of Pantha Chowk, Omer Farooq Dar, a resident of Budgam, who sustained injuries in left eye, leg and arm.
“Another youth was identified as Yaqoob Rather of Budgam who sustained pellet injuries in both eyes,” hospital sources revealed. A protestor said that they were protesting against the move to roll back Article 35 A. CRPF spokesman Sanjay Sharma told Greater Kashmir "Our men didn’t fire pellets."

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