Protests return to Srinagar: Police poisoned teen, say kin

According to relatives, before his death, Qaisar had reportedly told family members that the police had detained him and forced him to consume poison in custody.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar | Published:November 6, 2016 3:17 am
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MORE THAN a dozen people were injured as police and paramilitary personnel shot pellets and teargas shells to control a restive crowd and stone-throwers as protests broke out in Srinagar on Saturday, hours after a 16-year-old boy succumbed to alleged poisoning and torture by the police. The family has alleged that the Class X student was tortured and force-fed poison. A police spokesperson said the boy had reportedly consumed poisonous substance on October 28, adding that a case has been registered and investigations are on.

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Qaisar Hameed Sofi, a resident of Shalimar area of Srinagar, had gone missing on October 27. He was found the following day in a drain near his house – frothing from his mouth, according to the police. He was admitted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Hospital, where he was declared dead after eight days late on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, when the body was being taken for burial, mourners raised pro-azadi slogans in Eidgah area. The police said they fired teargas and pellets to disperse the crowd.

According to relatives, before his death, Qaisar had reportedly told family members that the police had detained him and forced him to consume poison in custody. “He spoke last to his mother. He said, ‘mouji b hai mourhas (mother, I was murdered)’. He then slipped into a coma and was moved to the ICU, where he succumbed,” Ayash, a cousin, claimed.

Blaming security forces for unnecessary action Saturday, Mohammad Ayash, Qaisar’s cousin, alleged, “The funeral could have been completed peacefully, but forces fired teargas shells and pellets at several places. They are deliberately inciting violence.” Twelve injured people were taken to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS). “All of them had pellet injuries above knees, mostly on the abdomen and back,” Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Kanwarjeet Singh said. “Since there is a case of poisoning, we have taken the samples and sent them for forensic analysis,” SKIMS Medical Superintendent Amin Tabish said.

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    amitava ghosh
    Nov 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm
    No one will believe that the police will resort to such heinous crimes.It is a concocted story by elements who are trying to vitiate the jandk atmosphere and it's clear that these elements are Pak apologists.Severe action should be initiated against such elements.
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      Archit A
      Nov 6, 2016 at 8:03 am
      This is just another attempt by vested interests and Islamic separatists to portray the armed forces and police in bad light. It is clearly the fault of the boy to have consumed poison in the first place, the parents are at fault for having lied about the cause of death by blaming a case of suicide on the excesses of police force. And lastly, the people carrying the coffin are at fault for having raised anti-national slogans in the first place. It is high time that Kashmiri Muslims realize that people who are anti-India, pro-stan and pro-separatists are nothing but terrorists and therefore should die a terrorist's death.
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        love cupid
        Nov 11, 2016 at 3:03 am
        @ram my reply particularly goes to u. First of all i want to tell you, u are such a big disgrace to india.it is a genuine news and I have seen this boy and his family in hospital. everyone knows he was fed on poison a germicide by police. the boy has clearly mentioned this when admitted in hospital. i want to tell u one more thing before i conclude my comment. no one can stop the freedom of Kashmir. not you, not your father Modi.
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          Gruham Bendakaluru
          Nov 6, 2016 at 7:56 am
          Kashmiri Muslims are the ones who drove away the Kashmiri Hindus out of their homes....and then continued to toe the line of their stani master to create unrest inside Kashmir...all in the name of a false promise called "freedom".
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            Gruham Bendakaluru
            Nov 6, 2016 at 7:52 am
            stan will never stop their efforts in false propaa and rumours against the Indian forces and will continue to keep fomenting trouble inside Kashmir. The only way to deter this terrorist country is to hit them where it hurts them the most. Violence in Baluchistan, PoK and in their heartland, Punjab. More than the Army or BSF, it is the RAW that can wreak havoc inside stan.
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              l s
              Nov 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm
              What are teens and young youh doing outside their houses, when curfew is on ??lt;br/gt;Don't they have parents to control them and bring them up properly ???lt;br/gt;You people are supporting the anti-nationals, not objecting to the continous close down, isn't it indirect support to anti-anti-nationals and terrorists. You keep and hide terrorists, give them food and shelter and informaation on security, then are you called nationalists ???lt;br/gt;You all deserve this and much more. No mercy to be shown to you all.
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                Raju Menon
                Nov 6, 2016 at 3:22 am
                I am surprised at the naivety of the Kashmiri people. Why police would poison criminal and that to in their custody? It defies all the logic. All this is the indicator that how uninformed people are from the modern India.
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                  Rakesh Wandru
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 10:02 am
                  Believe me the situation is very bad there. Our own security guys do behave differently once they are in Kashmir because of special powers they get. How can a sane person justify thrashing of people who are mourning and taking a dead body for final rituals? Put yourself in their shoes for a moment!
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                    Rakesh Wandru
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 6:27 am
                    I feel the pain his parents, siblings and relatives might be going through. As the women beat their chest and mourn the killing of this 16-year-old boy poisoned and tortured, as the family alleges by the State Task Force, our brave forces thrashed and injured dozens of people who were shouldering the coffin. What type of democracy and governance are we having? Where are we heading to? We are not losing Kashmir but have lost it?
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                      Pinna
                      Nov 6, 2016 at 4:50 am
                      The separatists just need an opportunity to cause chaos. The stone pelters immediately appear from nowhere. And when police defending themselves fire pellets, they blame the security forces!
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                        Rasheed Shervani
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 11:31 am
                        You are not aware of the reality.Keep your RSS views at your biased place.
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                          Ram
                          Nov 6, 2016 at 7:22 pm
                          IE is this top headline in a big nation like India of 1.25B people? Do Indians know how many people were killed/abducted/hijaked today? How many underage girls were pushed in to flesh trade today? Why media is doing this? Anyway mslims wont vote BJP. So what is teh motive of doing this propaa?
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                            Jhayshva Mathew
                            Nov 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                            Do some research.
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                              shanthi salamath
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 11:55 am
                              Sorrowful condition of Kashmiri people. Long struggle for peace, agitation is in peak, but it seems world is blind nor have the capacity to listen the voice of oppressed citizen in the valley. lt;br/gt;100 s of deaths, blinds, No schooling, brutal murder, encounters and finally the name a terrorist killed. Are we still blind the world?
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                                Sheik Mohamed
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                                Let us hope that people of Kashmir shall teach appropriate lessons to saffronised party and PDP coalition government for these inhuman acts done by security forces, in the name of maintaining law and order/search operations. Ms.Mufit also shamelessly said in recent past that teenage protesters were not gone outside of their house, just to fetch milk/toffees.
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                                  Ramakrishna Tumuluri
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 4:01 am
                                  Poisoned minds use death also for propaa---- The Police facing daily agitations over concocted issues will be the last to poison a youth in Custody-and invite fresh troublelt;br/gt;Police need support
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                                    Viyan
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 6:03 am
                                    Unfortunate and disheartening.lt;br/gt;Shouldn't the police/government conduct inquiry into all this type of incidents - where police version of story is different from the public version?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why did the police fired at funeral. I feel ashamed that we have become so inhuman.
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                                      YMG
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 4:18 am
                                      Because they are sick and can't control Kashmiri uprising. Wani was bhagat singh of today.
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                                        Swamy
                                        Nov 6, 2016 at 5:15 am
                                        May you face the same situation.Are Kashmiris not Indians, when Jatts and Gujars go on raping , burning and killing, You do not use pellet guns or poison on them. When hardik patel calls for non-co operation and destruction you do not kill him. Genuine rights of Kashmiris as engraved in Indian consution through degree had been encroached,.Kashmiris protested for years with peace, that were put down mercilessly in grab of stani insurgents.
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