Residents condemn infant's death in Baramulla during stone pelting

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Baramulla (J-K), Feb.23 (ANI): The tragic death of an 11-day old in Jammu and Kashmir's Barramulla town during the stone-pelting on Monday has been widely condemned by residents.

The gory incident has shocked the entire state and has been widely denounced by all.

"They (protesters) while protesting should not cause harm. They should have allowed the infant to go. If he had reached hospital in time he would not have been dead. No condemnation is enough for the incident," said Rafiq Mirza, a resident of the town.

"Yesterday's (Feb. 22) incident is very regretful. He (the baby) was suffering from some illness and was going to Sopore. Stone-throwers didn't allow them to proceed further. Stone-pelting causes lots of hardship to people," said Junaid Malik, another resident of the town.

"The ailing baby was being taken to hospital in an SUV on Monday (February 22), when a group of youths forced it to stop. They pulled out the passengers and thrashed them up and in the mjlie, the infant fell and injured his head. The 11-day old succumbed to his injuries by the time he reached the hospital," said Nissar Ahmad, the baby boy's father.

The baby boy's three-year-old brother also sustained injuries when he fell to the ground from the lap of his grandfather.

"A group of youth protesters came in a Sumo (an SUV) and pushed passengers, breaking his (the victim's brother) head; he is just three years old. He (the infant) was 11-days-old. They (protesters) kicked him and smashed him into the window. He started bleeding from his nose and as we reached the hospital, doctors told us that he is dead," said Nissar Ahmad, baby's father.

The clashes between demonstrators and security forces broke out not only in Baramullah but also in adjoining areas of Srinagar city, over the arrest of two youths on Sunday (February 21). (ANI)

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