Protests broke out in north Kashmir after police allegedly opened fire on a group of protesters at Naidkhai, killing school student and injuring two others.
Officials said soon after the Friday prayers, a group of youth started protesting at Naidkhai Sonawari in Bandipore district. Locals claimed that jawans of 8th Battalion of Indian Reserve Police opened fire on the protesters that left three protesters injured. They were taken to sub-district hospital in Pattan where Farhat Ahmad Dar, a Class X student, was announced brought dead. Two others were being treated.
Locals said that IRP personnel, guarding the house of Higher Education Minister Akbar Lone, were involved in the firing incident. Though CRPF men were also present in the vicinity, the force denied that its involvement in the incident. As news about the student’s death spread, protests broke out at Naidkhai Sonawari and its adjacent villages. The protesters alleged the youth was killed by the police without any provocation.
A police spokesperson, however, said a mob attacked a security force vehicle and to disperse the agitators the security personnel fired in air.
The parties concerned have been directed to submit reports on the current status of construction.