SRINAGAR (Web Desk) – A youth was crushed to death while another sustained injuries after being run over by a vehicle of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Nowhatta area of Srinagar, reported Kashmir Media Service.
People staged a forceful demonstration outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta after Juma prayers, yesterday, against the desecration of the grand mosque by the Indian police, last Friday.
A Kashmiri man shouts for help as a paramilitary vehicle runs over him during a protest in Srinagar. —AP
Soon a speedy CRPF vehicle that came from Khanyar drove into the protesters. Eyewitnesses says that in order to move out of the demonstration, the CRPF vehicle sped on knocking down two boys Younis Ahmed and Qaiser Butt. They were rushed to Soura Institute of Medical Sciences where Qaiser succumbed to his injuries.
The images of the boys being overrun by the CRPF vehicle went viral on social media. The incident sparked massive protests in the area and clashes between the demonstrators and the Indian forces’ personnel. Several youth sustained injuries during the clashes.
Kashmiri Protesters gather around a paramilitary vehicle as it runs over a man during a protest in Srinagar. — AP
The incident occurred even as the puppet authorities had agreed to the management of the Jamia Masjid that they would not deploy Indian troops and police personnel around the grand mosque to avoid tension in the area.
As per the agreed plan, volunteers from the Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid stood on guard at the entry and exit gates while the authorities did not deploy any policeman and soldier in or around the mosque. Over 50 people were injured due to the firing of pellets, bullets and teargas shells on worshippers who were offering prayers in the mosque on Friday.
In this four photo combination picture, a Kashmiri man is seen run over by a paramilitary vehicle during a protest in Srinagar. — AP
The deceased youth is survived by two teenage sisters and had recently started Kashmir art business. He along with his sisters was living with his aunt in Dalgate area of Srinagar for the past four years as both his parents had died.
Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the brutal murder in a tweet.