SRINAGAR: Indian Army personnel have killed an innocent youth in Baramulla district, raising the number of civilian killings in the ongoing Kashmir violence to 106.

Eyewitnesses said that the soldiers fired upon the men and women who were busy in paddy fields at Nadihal in Rafiabad area of the district, last evening.

A bullet hit 22-year-old Waseem Ahmed Lone and he instantly fell down. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared as brought dead.

“We, along with Waseem, were working in the paddy field. All of a sudden, forces fired from one of their three vehicles passing from the area without any provocation. A bullet hit Waseem directly,” they said.

Local hospital authorities said that a bullet had hit Waseem on his back and pierced through his heart, resulting in his death. “The bullet had damaged his heart, causing his instant death,” Dr Masood, Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Baramulla, told media men.

As the news of Waseem’s death spread in the area, thousands of people hit the streets and staged massive demonstrations against his brutal murder. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.