Baramulla: Restrictions were imposed Sunday in Kalaroos area of the neighbouring Kupwara district after a man injured in a group clash succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar.
45-year-old Mohammad Shafi Ganai, son of Ghulam Hassan of Dagarpora village of Kalaroos, who was injured in a clash between the supporters of pro-India National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on May 16, succumbed to his injuries at the SMHS hospital on Saturday night, where he was being treated. A forest department employee, Ganai is survived by his wife and four children. As news of his death spread in his hometown Sunday morning, scores of people rushed to the Ganai’s house to express solidarity with the bereaved family, eyewitnesses said. Many traders also downed their shutters to mourn his death. Amid the uneasy calm, the district administration imposed restrictions in the area fearing clashes between the activists of the two rival parties.
“Around a dozen people, including Ganai was injured when NC and PDP leaders clashed after the results of the Lok Sabha constituency were declared. He was critically injured in the group clashes. Last night he succumbed to his injuries,” Mudasir Ahmad, a local said.
Ganai’s death, he said, plunged the village into mourning. He said the death also led to tense situation in Kalaroos.
Deputy Commissioner, (DC) Kupwara, Itrat Hussain Rafiqi told Kashmir Reader that restrictions were imposed in Kalaroos area to prevent any law and order situation in view of Ganai’s death.
“The situation is under control. The people from both the parties are cooperating with the administration to maintain pace in the area,” he said.
Pertinently, two more persons Abdul Rashid Ganai and Abdul Rashid Bajard were also killed in a separate incident in Warsun village of the district when a police vehicle turned turtle during a scuffle between the workers of the two pro-India parties on May 16.
Meanwhile, official sources told Kashmir Reader that police has converted the sections of the FIR to 302 (murder).