‘Stunt’ claims biker’s life in Old City

IQBAL KIRMANI
Srinagar: A teenager was killed Friday while allegedly performing a motorcycle stunt in Old City.
Rasiq Ahmad, a Class 10 student, lost control over his motorcycle and hit a road divider, injuring his head severely. He died on the spot, eyewitnesses said. The incident took place at Braripora near the Martyrs’ graveyards Eidgah.
Rasiq, a resident of Rajouri Kadal area, was on his way to a coaching centre. “He was driving his bike too fast when it skidded and he hit the road divider, killing him instantly,” Station House Officer (SHO) of P/S Safa Kadal, Altaf Ahmad told Kashmir Reader. He said the teenager was not wearing a helmet.
Of late, young bikers are seen undertaking perilous stunts, with the police and traffic authorities watching as mute spectators. Last month, on May 2, stunt biking claimed the life of an 18-year-old Muhammad Haroon Untoo at Nowpora, Sopore after he lost control and rammed his into a parked vehicle.
In Srinagar, youth are seen performing dangerous stunts along the busy Residency Road, Boulevard, Foreshore Road, Gupkar Road, in full public glare and under the nose of the cops. Locals at the Badamwari (almond alcove) say that the stunt bikers do their acrobats around the park and mainly in the evening hours. “The police personnel stationed there take no action against them,” the residents say.
Only two days ago, Kashmir Reader carried a photograph of a young biker with pillion performing stunts in Eidgah area of the Old City. The SHO of the area however claimed that police was doing its best to arrest the trend, which is catching fast among the youth.
“We do penalise the furious riders and stunt performers, as they pose danger to their and others lives as well, but it’s impossible to be everywhere all the time,” the SHO said.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended in Rajouri Kadal after the body of Rasiq was brought to his home. Local shopkeepers observed a shutdown in memory of the boy whose family has a long association with the Mirwaiz family.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led the funeral prayers of Rasiq in the compound of Jamia Masjid.