14-yr-old girl dies of Pava shell smoke in Srinagar

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, a 14-year-old school girl, Munazah Rashid, died due to PAVA shell smoke in Srinagar. The 6th standard student, Munazah Rashid, suffered acute breathlessness on November 2 when Indian paramilitary forces fired PAVA shells and teargas shells at Anchar in Soura area of Srinagar.She had started complaining of breathlessness and burnt throat after she inhaled smoke from the chilli-based ammunition, father of the victim said.I rushed her to Soura Institute of Medical Science in Srinagar and the doctors there immediately put her on a ventilator and she died Thursday morning in the hospital. “She was absolutely fine, was having lunch the day Indian government forces fired PAVA in the area and soon after, she started complaining of breathlessness.” In the 125 days of the ongoing mass uprising, four persons from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district have complained of respiratory infection due to PAVA shells but this is the first reported case of death by chilli-based grenades used as an alternate to pellet guns in the territory. With the death of Munazah Rashid, toll in ongoing mass uprising has risen to 113. The uprising was triggered by the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, on July 8, this year.-News Desk

Besides these killing, over 16,000 people have been injured while hundreds of youth have been blinded due to the firing of pallets, bullets, teargas shells and PAVA shells by Indian police and troops. The ppuppet authorities have also put thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyet leaders and activists behind the bars to suppress the uprising.