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Tosamaidan – A Deathtrap

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A youth was killed and two other persons were injured in a mysterious blast at Tosamaidan meadow in Khag area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on 12 August 2018 when people were celebrating Jashn-e-Tosamaidan, a day when Indian Army vacated the Tosamaidan meadow after 54 Years. The army has been using this place for artillery and firing /training purposes and had killed more than 80 people and injuring hundreds.
The local activists launched a campaign in 2014 and demanded that the lease agreement may be ended. Later due to this social movement pressure, the lease was not granted to the army and operation was also carried out by the army under the name ‘Al Falah’ to locate unexploded shells and destroy them in order to ensure that no further human loss takes place in future.

An explosion occurred at Tosamaidan meadow area, in the incident, three persons suffered injuries. They were taken to nearby Primary Health Centre from where doctors referred them to Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment.

A youth identified as Wajid Bashir Ahanger of Zugwoo Khareen, Beerwah area of the district succumbed to injuries in Srinagar hospital. 
The injured were identified as Mudasir Ahmad Ganie, Waseem Ahmad Ganie, residents of Zagoo Kharein. Our CC from Budgam visits the village and meets the injured Waseem who is a student of the 8th class whose leg was amputated later in the hospital.

Video By: Rafiqa Bano | Article By: Nusrat Ali

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