Youth shot at by CRPF, old city areas protest

Youth shot at by CRPF, old city areas protest
  • The injured youth was protesting against detention of four persons; police say no shooting occurred, nor anyone detained

SRINAGAR: A youth protesting against the detention of four persons during nocturnal raids in Gojwara area was shot in the leg by government forces on Saturday. Police, however, say no shooting took place, nor was anybody arrested.
Eyewitness told Kashmir Reader that locals were peacefully protesting on Saturday against the arrests, when a CRPF man stationed at Saraf Kadal shot at Sajad.
“We started protests from Nowhatta and passed by Kawdara CRPF camp peacefully. After our return to Saraf Kadal chowk, CRPF men stopped us. One of them said ‘get lost or I will shoot you’. Sajad told him ‘ok, shoot’. The CRPF guy then shot him in the leg,” said a protester, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisal.
Sajad was taken to the SKIMS, Soura, where doctors referred him to SKIMS, Bemina.
Superintendent of SKIMS, Soura, Dr Farooq Jan said, “The patient has a firearm injury in the leg. Since his leg bone had suffered damage he was referred to orthopaedic department of SKIMS, Bemina.”
Sajad and others had been protesting against the detention of four persons during Friday night. The police, looking for one Sajad Gilkar, had detained his father Nazir Ahmad Gilkar of Pandaan.
“Between 11 and 11.30pm a group of policemen entered our home. We were about to have dinner when they came in. Without saying anything they broke windowpanes and threw the rice cooker and plates out of the window,” said Sajad.
The senior Gilkar, who had been hospitalized a month ago for brain hemorrhage, was dragged out of the house by the policemen, he added.
Also, a man and his son and another youth had also been detained at Nowhatta police station.
After the shooting, and the protests that ensued, the police released the four persons.
Sub-divisional police officer of Khanyar Aijaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the situation was peaceful and no person was detained or injured. Similar views were expressed by station house officer of Nowhatta police station Mudasir Ahmad.