Boy dies after being hit by teargas shell in Kashmir

, 9:44 AM IST

Srinagar: Irfan Ahmad, 18 year old, was killed after being hit by tear gas shell in police and paramilitary forces action in downtown Srinagar on Sunday, taking the death toll of people killed in ongoing unrest to 68 while an eight-year-old boy, and a 50-year-old woman were among many injured in fresh pellet firing by cops in Kashmir, where curfew, restrictions and shutdown remained in force for 44th consecutive day.

Irfan was hit by tear gas shell in chest and taken to SMHS hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Over 6000 civilians and 3500 security personnel have also been injured in clashes between security personnel and youth during protests in Valley in last 44 days.

According to official sources over 1500 people have suffered pellet injuries in police and paramilitary forces firing in the Valley in last 44 days. A police official said day and night curfew is enforced in the Valley to maintain law and order and prevent people from taking to roads and staging protest demonstrations.