Amid shutdown mourners throng slain youth’s village

Amid shutdown mourners throng slain youth’s village

Srinagar: Amid shutdown against the killing of a civilian in an alleged staged encounter, people in large numbers thronged Daril Payeen village in Tarathpora Handwara, to offer condolences to the family of slain youth Shahid Bashir Mir.
The 23-year-old was killed on Tuesday by army and in Hangikote forests some 10 kilometers far from his native village, and was branded as a militant.
Businesses and public transport remained shut in Tarathpora area, as a strike was observed to protest the killing.
The district administration had shut colleges and higher secondary schools to prevent student protests.
Degree College Handwara, where Shahid Bashir was a student, was seized by large number of troops, and no one was allowed in the college, reports said.
Sources said that police has registered an FIR (82/2017) against mob, in which some youths put fire to an official vehicle of deputy commissioner Kupwara and damaged two other vehicles on Thursday afternoon.
They added that police has so far not registered any FIR against the troops of 6 RR, who killed Shahid in what called a gunfight with militants, despite assurances by the district administration.
The army has claimed that they had killed a militant in Hangikote forests, but police later clarified that the killed youth had no links with militancy.
Shahid’s father, Bashir Ahmad Mir, a carpenter, said that they have not received any FIR copy which the administration had promised to register against the involved troops.
“We were waiting that someone from government will visit our home Friday for condolence, but except Tehsildar Tarathpora no official or any government representative visit our home today. We thank the large number of people who reached here for condolence” Bashir said.
According to reports, people across Kupwara offered special prayers in the morning for the slain youth and his family, while hundreds of people from nearby areas visited the Daril payeen graveyard. People also offered special prayers at after Friday prayers in favour of slain youth.

 

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