Srinagar: Panic gripped Karan Nagar locality Friday evening after CRPF troopers fired empty shots to disperse a group of people protesting against the detention of a youth.
A group of CRPF troopers from 118 Battalion came out from their camp in Goal Market, Karan Nagar, and detained a youth who was repairing his scooty at a workshop, witnesses told Kashmir.
The troopers allegedly thrashed the youth and dragged him to their camp, inviting sharp reaction from the passerby and the local traders.
“The people assembled outside the CRPF camp and demanded the immediate release of the youth. Some angry boys also tried to enter the camp to rescue the detained youth. However, the troops opened several shots in air to disperse the protesters,” Mohammad Ashraf, a witness told Kashmir Reader.
He said that when the CRPF refused to release the youth, some protesters threw rocks at the camp.
A trader requesting anonymity as he fears reprisal said that the CRPF men detained the youth, hailing from Sanat Nagar locality of uptown, minutes after he arrived at the workshop.
“The troopers were angry over team India’s defeat in Australia and the celebrations by the people here. To vent their frustration, they caught the youth and beat him up,” he said.
The firing and the outbreak of minor clashes triggered panic in the busy marketplace of Karan Nagar and its neighbourhood localities. While the passerby by ran helter skelter, the traders pulled down their shutters fearing intense clashes.
Later, senior police officials visited the spot and took situation of the situation.
Station House Officer Karan Nagar Parvez Ahmad told Kashmir Reader the reports of detention of youth and the firing by CRPF troopers were baseless.
“Somebody is spreading false information. Everything is normal in the area,” he added.
Biker in police uniform escapes checkpoint
Meanwhile, the cops in downtown here went on tizzy after a biker wearing police uniform escaped their checkpoint in Nowhatta locality of this capital city.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that shortly after the congregational Friday prayers concluded, a few cops from Nowhatta police station set up a temporary barricade in the main square around 2:30 pm and started frisking motorcyclists.
In the meantime, a biker wearing police uniform and carrying a haversack passed through the checkpoint.
“When the cops signaled the biker to stop, he ignored the call and fled from the spot. The cops ran after him in their vehicle up to Nowpora but could not trace him,” sources said, adding that an alert was sounded in the city and the description of the biker was communicated to other police stations.