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Srinagar youth killed: By-poll victory doesn’t matter, says Omar Abdullah

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Strongly condemning the death of a youth by security forces during stone pelting in Srinagar, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has voiced out his anger saying the soaring violence has killed the exuberance of the National Conference winning the by-polls.

Venting his anger on Twitter, he said, “I’ve never felt less enthusiastic to mark an election success than I do today. There is nothing to celebrate in Kashmir at the moment.”

I’ve never felt less enthusiastic to mark an election success than I do today. There is nothing to celebrate in #Kashmir at the moment.

— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) April 15, 2017
“Just so damn sad, this spiral of violence from which there seems to be no escape. One more dead today,” he tweeted.
Just so damn sad, this spiral of violence from which there seems to be no escape. One more dead today.

— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) April 15, 2017
In yet another development highlighting the soaring violence in the Valley, a youth was killed after security forces opened fired at stone pelters in S.D. colony Batmaloo in Srinagar today.
Earlier in the day, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat took stock of the situation following the spree of violence around the by-polls and the emergence of a string of shocking videos regarding security personnel and civilians.

Some days ago, a video purportedly showing a Kashmiri youth tied to the front of moving army jeep invited protests from human rights groups and criticism from the people including several politicians. On this as well, Omar demands for proper investigation and said that the former’s human rights have been violated.

Seven people were killed and 36 injured during clashes in different areas in Budgam district on Sunday when the by-polls were being conducted for the Srinagar parliamentary seat in Jammu and Kashmir. The poll turnout was only 6.5%. (ANI)