BUDGAM: Killing of youth in paramilitary CRPF firing near a check point on Wednesday triggered violent clashes in parts of Budgam district even as authorities ordered a probe into the incident.
Angry protestors mostly youth clashed with government forces in Narbal and Makhama areas of the central Kashmir’s district demanding punishment to the security men involved in killing of 25-year-old youth.
The family members of slain Mehrajudin Shah accused goverment forces of killing him in ‘cold-blood’
“He was dragged out of his vehicle and shot dead,” Ghulam Nabi Shah, slain youth’s father, told reporters at Beerwah.
Security forces fired tear smoke canisters and short gun pellets to disperse the stone hurling youths leaving at least six protestors injured, two of them including a girl were hit by pellets in their eyes, health officials said.
“We received two persons at SMHS hospital with pellet injuries in their eyes,” Dr. Nazir Choudhary Medical Superintendent SMHS, told Curtain Raiser.
Some policemen were also injured in clashes, sources said.
Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Tariq Ahmed Ganai said that he has a probe into the incident and police has filed a case.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people took part in funeral of slain youth at Makhama. Authorities snapped mobile internet service in Budgam as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
‘Ignored signal to stop’
Earlier police in a statement said that at 10:20 AM, during a joint Naka at Khalisa Kawoosa, Narbal in the jurisdiction of police station Magam, a wagon-R vehicle bearing number JK02AK-6702 was signaled to stop.
“However, the vehicle ignored to stop and fled away from no Naka points in suspicious condition,” the statement said. It said that the Naka opened fire at the vehicle to thwart the attempt.
“The driver of the vehicle identified as Mehrajuding of Makhama, Beerwah Budgam got injured in the incident,” the statement said.
He was shifted to hospital for treatment, but succumbed. Police has registered a case and taken up the investigations, it added.