Cases filed against two youngsters shot dead by govt forces at Natnusa, Drugmulla; mourners and protesters charged with attempt to murder, rioting while ‘armed with deadly weapons’
Srinagar: As many as 30 FIRs have been registered by police in the last month’s public protests in Handwara that left four youngsters and a woman dead.
However, barring two FIRs—one registered against army for killing two youths at Handwara and another against unknown persons in woman’s death— all cases have been registered against the protesters.
Among the 28 FIRs, none has been registered against army or police for killing Arif Mohidin at Natnusa and Jahangir Ahmad Wani at Drugmulla.
In-fact, two cases have been registered against the slain youths along with those who police claims were part of the “violent mob.”
According to the official documents available with Kashmir Reader, first of the FIRs was filed on April 12 under registration number 131/2016 under section 302 (murder) against the personnel of army’s 21 RR regarding the killing of the two youngsters.
On the same day, at about 3.30pm, a “counter” FIR (No 132/2016 u/s 307 (attempt to murder)/336/148 —Rioting, armed with deadly weapon — RPC) was registered on the request of Major/Adjutant of 21 RR camped at Bhagatpora, stating that unruly mob attacked and ransacked their bunker stationed at the main chowk Handwara.
The FIR also states that the “violent mob” ripped the tricolour off the pole and burnt it down. It also states that the 10 army personnel who were deployed at the post were surrounded and were about “to be lynched by the mob”.
On the same day, yet another FIR (No.133/2006 u/s 307,148,436, (Mischief by fire) 332 — Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty — RPC) was registered in police station Handwara, stating that the mob at about 3.50pm attacked the government property in Handwara Chowk and made attempts to set on fire the police station Handwara.
Police filed one more case (FIR No 134/2016 u/s 307 RPC) regarding the death of the woman, Raja Begum, who working in her kitchen garden. It states the woman was shifted to local hospital wherefrom she was removed to SKIMS in Srinagar, where she died next day. Police converted section 307 (attempt to murder) to 302 (murder).
On April 13, police filed one more case (FIR No.135/2016) in connection with stone pelting at paramilitary and police personnel near hospital crossing Handwara. As per police, several CRPF and police personnel suffered Injuries and certain bunker vehicles of the paramilitary force and police were damaged.
Another case (FIR No. 136/2016 U/s 148,307,332 RPC) was registered regarding an incident at Umar colony Magam Hundwara for attacking police deployed at Magam with stones and “iron roads”.
A case (FIR No. 137/2016 u/s 148 307/436 RPC) was registered in an incident at Langate when, according to police, the mob attempted to set ablaze the police post.
One more case (FIR No.138/2016 u/s 149 (unlawful assembly), 307, 332 RPC) was registered in police station Hundwara, “after the paramilitary forces and police deployed at Niagara was attacked by a mob of hundreds and armed with iron rods, axes and lathis.”
When one the two youngsters killed in Handwara, Javaid Ahmad, was being buried at local graveyard at Shallapora Drugmuila, youths attempted to enter into the Artillery Brigade of army at Drugmuila and ransack it, police said in another case (FIR No. 60/2016 u/s 148, 149, 336, 307, 332, 427 RPC).
“The mob was intercepted by personnel of JKP, JKAP, IRP and CRPF at Matipora Drugmuila and was requested to disperse. The interception irked the mob and they resorted to violence… Though light cane charging and tear smoke shells were used to disperse them, nevertheless some of the protestors sustained injuries amongst them, one protester namely Jehangir Ahmad Wani of Nagri succumbed to injuries. Pertaining to this incident, an FIR No. 60/2016 u/s 148, 149, 336, 307, 332, 427 RPC, was registered In Police Station Kupwara,” police says.
Another case, (FIR No. 61/2016 u/s 148, 336, 427, RPC, 3 PPPD Act) was registered at police station Kupwara when “people turned furious while taking Jehangir’s body and resorted to heavy stone pelting due to which the window panes of police Post Drugmulla, Fire Service Station Drugmulla and Horticulture office Drugmulla were damaged”, police said.
One more case (FIR 139/2016 u/s 307,148,336 RPC) has been registered in connection with “stone pelting” at hospital crossing on April 14.
On the same day, there was another case of “stone pelting” at main chowk Magam and FIR No.140/2016 u/s 307,336,149,148,188was registered in police station Handwara.
On April 15, three cases (FIRs 141/016 u/s 307,148,149,336,188 RPC, FIR No.142/016 u/s 307/148/149/336/188 RPC and FIR No.27/2016 u/s 307/148/149/336 RPC) were registered at police stations of Handwara and Kralgund for stone pelting at Herpora, Magam and Kralgund in which 13 police and paramilitary forces sustained injuries.
After Friday prayers on same day, the people at Kupwara while “defying the curfew assembled in large numbers at Kupwara town and resorted to pelting stones on police and paramilitary personnel deployed for law and order duties due to which 18 police personnel and 6 CRPF were injured” and a Case (FIR No. 64/20lft u/s 148, 149, 336, 332 RPC) was registered in police station Kupwara.
Another case (FIR No. 65/2016 u/s 148, 149, 307, 336, 332 RPC, 03 PPPD Act) was registered in police station Kupwara when people ‘attacked’ police and CRPF deployments besides “bunkers of Army 160 TA.”
Another case (FIR No. 66/2016 u/s 148, 149, 332, 336, 307 RPC, 03 PPPD Act) was registered in police station Kupwara against protesters who according to officials proceeded towards the army camp at Natnusa and attacked the camp.
“They dismantled the fencing wall and a shed there besides resorted to heavy stone pelting upon the army personnel which constrained the army personnel of 47 RR of Natnussa camp to open fire resultantly some of the protestors sustained bullet injuries, amongst them one of the protestors namely Arif Mohidin Dar son of Gh Mohidln Dar of Awoora, later succumbed to injuries,” police said.
One more case (FIR No, 67/2016 U/s 148, 149,332,336,307RPC,03PPPD Act) has been registered in police station Kupwara when ‘mob’ attacked the police and paramilitary forces Darzipora Kupwara and.
A case (FIR No, 25/2016 u/s 148, 149, 332, 336, 307, 427 RPC) has been filed in police station Lalpora in connection with stone pelting on the police and CRPF.
Two more FIRs (No. 20/2016 u/s 147, 148, 152, 336, 427 RPC and 19/2016 u/s 147, 148, 336, 427 RPC have been registered in police station Sogam and Kralpora protests.
Similarly FIR No.143 (u/s 148/149/188/332/336/427 RPC) and FIR NO.144/2016 U/S 148/149/188/307/332 RPC have been registered in police station Handwara, FIR No. 15/2016/ u/s 147, 148, 336, 427, 323, 188 RPC in police Trehgam and another FIR (No. 26/2016, u/s 147, 148, 149, 336, 323 RPC) in police station Lalpora on April 16.
On April 17, police filed one more case (FIR No 69/2016 u/s 147,148,336,427 RPC, 3PPPD Act) in police station Kupwara regarding stone pelting on police and CRPF.