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Mehbooba expresses grief over youth’s death during protest

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New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday expressed grief over the unfortunate death of a young man during a protest in Kupwara district and directed the administration to help his family.

“I express profound grief over the tragic death of the youth and extend my heart-felt condolences to the bereaved family members in their hour of grief,” she said in a statement.

The chief minister said disproportionate use of force for crowd control results in loss of precious lives and grave injuries which should be avoided at all costs, a state government release said here.

The chief minister also directed the Kupwara deputy commissioner to provide all possible assistance to the grief-stricken family.

Police said a group of violent protestors hurled stones at security forces in Drugmulla village. A 1,000-strong group of people gathered near a police post in Drugmulla and tried to torch it, a police official said.

Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the angry mob, he said.

Witnesses alleged that a burning canister of tear gas hit Jahangir Ahmad Wani, 25, and burst on his head. The man was taken to a hospital where he died, they said.

–IANS

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