Baramulla: A student was stabbed to death while another suffered injuries during a clash outside a tuition centre, leading to massive protests in this north Kashmir district Monday.
The trouble started when two groups of youth had a heated argument with each other over some issue near a coaching centre on Park Road here on Monday afternoon, eyewitnesses said. The situation took an ugly turn when a youth identified as Irfan Ahmad, son of Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Mohalla JalalSahab of Old Town, stabbed Irshad Ahmad, 23, son of Ghulam Nabi Ganai of Ushkora Baramulla, with a sharp- edged weapon. Irshad collapsed on the ground in a pool of blood.
“After stabbing Irshad, the attacker tried to flee from the spot. However, Irshad’s friend Muzammil Lone tried to grab him. In the melee, Muzamil suffered injuries on his face,” eyewitnesses said.
The duo was removed to the nearby district hospital for treatment. However, Irshad succumbed to his injuries before the doctors could operate upon him. The recovery room of the hospital was damaged by angry youth after the doctors allegedly failed to provide adequate treatment to the youth.
When the body of the slain youth was brought to Ushkura, hundreds of men, women and children came out on the roads and staged protests. Chanting slogans, the protesters carried the body of the youth in a procession to Main Town, Baramulla. The protesters placed the body on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway near Tashkent Chowk demanding stern punishment against the accused. Angry protesters also pelted stones at a shopping complex, where the scuffle had taken place.
As the protests were going on, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Baramulla, Ghulam Ahmad Khwaja and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Baramulla, Zubair Ahmad Khan reached the spot and told the protesters that the accused has been arrested by police within 15 minutes. The protesters were assured that stern action as per the law will be taken against the accused.
“The tuition centres running illegally will be sealed. We have also taken serious note of the allegations that the doctors at the hospital didn’t attend the patient well. Action will be taken against the doctors, if allegations of negligence prove true,” Khwaja told Kashmir Reader.
SSP, Baramulla, said that police has filed a case Fir No 26/2014 under section 302 against the accused. He said that the cause of the scuffle and the death of the youth is a matter of investigation.
Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Baramulla town after the incident. Several social organizations, trade federation and the Auqaf-e- Islamia has condemned the murder of the youth and urged the administration to act tough against the unauthorized tuition centres in the town.