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15-Year-Old Trying To Save His Brother, 18-Year-Old Breadwinner Among The Dead In Kashmir Clashes

The 15-year-old was trying to save his brother.

16/07/2016 10:20 AM IST | Updated 16/07/2016 12:11 PM IST
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SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - JULY 10: Indian government forces a motorcyclist in the City center to stop during a curfew after 21 people were killed and more than 400 Injured on July 10, 2016 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. The has been more violence in Indian-administered Kashmir after separatist rebel Burhan Wani, 22, was killed in a gunfight with the Indian army on Friday. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)

Kashmir has been on the boil since the death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on 8 July, 2016. The death toll in the clashes has reached 37 and almost 1,600 people have been injured so far.

Zahoor Ahmad Mandoo, 18, was the sole breadwinner for his family. He went missing on 9 July after attending the funeral procession of Wani, who was killed by military forces in the state. Three days later, his body was recovered from Jhelum. Mandoo, whose father passed away several years ago, is survived by his mother, four sisters and a differently-abled brother.

Irfan Ahmad Dar, a class X student, lost his life while trying to save his younger brother who was being beaten by CRPF men, reported The Indian Express. Altaf Ahmad Rather, 21, Hilal Ahmad Dar, 22, Safeer Ahmad Bhat, 22, were killed in the ongoing clashes.

More than 90 people have undergone surgery after being hit by pellets in their eyes since Saturday and a majority of them will either sustain some form of permanent damage, suffer disfigurement or lose their eyesight entirely, doctors say.

The killing of Wani will haunt hundreds of families for years and affect the lives of innocent people who had nothing to do with terrorism.

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