Srinagar: 22-year-old man killed in firing at Batamaloo

The incident triggered protests in Batamaloo, with protesters throwing stones at security forces.

Written by Bashaarat Masood , UBEER NAQUSHBANDI | Srinagar | Updated: April 16, 2017 9:05 am
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A 22-year-old man was killed when security forces reportedly fired at Batamaloo in Srinagar on Saturday evening and more than 50 students were injured in clashes in Pulwama. The firing in Srinagar took place when security forces were passing through Reki Chowk at Batamaloo when some youths threw stones at their vehicle, according to some eyewitnesses. The security forces then reportedly opened fire. Sajad Ahmad, 22, a street vendor, reportedly received bullet injuries in the head. He was rushed to hospital, where he was declared dead.

“It was unprovoked firing,” alleged a resident of Batamaloo. “The youths threw a few stones at the vehicle and they responded with bullets. He was not among the protesters”. Police said they were still checking the facts. “We are looking into the circumstances under which he was killed,” said a police spokesman. The incident triggered protests in Batamaloo, with protesters throwing stones at security forces. Police fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters. The death of Ahmad, who was originally from Chandoosa village in Baramulla, takes the toll in the Valley to nine in the last one week.

Meanwhile at Government Degree College in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, students claimed that CRPF and police personnel “barged in” and fired several rounds of pellets, tear-gas and PAVA shells on the protesters, leaving many of them, including women, injured. DIG (South Kashmir) S P Pani said there were outsiders too on the campus, and along with some students they threw stones on the security forces. “Others, including students and staff, were trapped inside amid heavy stone-pelting. The police party in their vehicles went to rescue them,” Pani said. He said two CRPF personnel, a DSP and a police SHO were injured.

Witnesses said around 2.30 pm, some male students outside the campus located in New Colony Trichoo threw stones at a routine CRPF and police patrol team. This, students said, enraged the security forces, and they reportedly entered the college in a mobile bunker (vehicle). This reportedly sparked further stone-throwing.

Ahmad Bhat, a third-semester student who was injured on right eye, reportedly by pellets fired by the forces, said, “I had internal assessment examination today. Soon after I finished it…I saw soldiers jumping in (into the campus). They started beating everyone. Suddenly, something hit my right eye, and it was bleeding.” Chief Medical Officer of Pulwama hospital Dr Abdul Rashid Parra said, “Fifty-four injured were brought to our hospital. Most of them have been discharged.”

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    George Cruz
    Apr 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm
    Yes, if the illiterate and Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists pelt stones at the law abiding patriotic CFPF forces or the Indian armed forces, you will bullet and get killed and that's the reality in Kashmir Valley. The lesson is : keep safe distance from the CRPF personnel, don't pelt stones at them even though you are encouraged to do so by the Abdullah and Muftis because these politicians are looking after their own interests. Don't commit anti-national activities and if you do expect bullet from the armed personnel.
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      Sumit
      Apr 16, 2017 at 5:20 pm
      Hereafter the security forces show no leniency to any of the protestors. If protestors are throwing stones, return it with 10 pellet bullets for each stone. If court comes to save the protestors bring some of the judges and put them among the stone throwing crowds. We must see those judges how they going to sa uard themselves.
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        Kamal Pasha
        Apr 16, 2017 at 11:53 am
        Kashmir unrest and killings of innocent freedom fighters is having bad re tion on Modi and his government in the international media. Plus point for Kashmiris.
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          autonomous
          Apr 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm
          Every country have blame game towards some other.But only the almighty knew who are behind the unrest in this w world now.And they will face their end in the hands of the almighty.
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            George Cruz
            Apr 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm
            They are traitors and not freedom fighters. Remember ,the J&K is and has been an integral part of the democratic/secular India since the 1947. Even the article 370 was created by the Muslim leaders like Abdullah/Nehru were a temporary measure until the Kashmir Muslims get education and jobs. If you pelt stones at the armed personnel expect more bullets.
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            Johnson
            Apr 16, 2017 at 11:18 am
            hahahha ha pedopiglet mohd's one piglet dead
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              vnksk
              Apr 16, 2017 at 11:03 am
              Goonda paper IE is sympathetic to stone pelters and terrorists in Kashmir, while ît is full of hatred when Gau rakshaks beat a few criminal cow slaughterer. IE has sympathetic to only Muslims and no sympathy for any Hindu. It is anti Hindu communal like Cong, NC,AAP, CPM etc. Can people tolerate this kind of sickulars.
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