Kud firing: Locals protest in Bemina over youth’s killing

SRINAGAR: Protests erupted on Tuesday in Bemina area of Srinagar city after a 32-year-old youth was killed in Kud firing on Monday.

According to the reports the locals have blocked the main road leading to the city center.

“He (Tanveer) was killed in cold blood. He was not a militant,” Imran, a local resident said.

“You have seen images on internet. His body is lying between the aisle and a seat. Does it appear he had fired,” Imran said while demanding inquiry and immediate action.

“The Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF were frisking all the Jammu-bound vehicles at Kral Nallah area in Kud when they stopped an SRTC bus and during its checking an unidentified suspected militant opened fire at them,” a senior police official had said on Tuesday.

The man, who director general of police K Rajendra Kumar said was a militant, has been identified as Sheikh Tanveer Hussain of Ibrahim Colony, Bemina.

While refuting the police version, the family said: “We don’t believe the police version. He was short tempered and many a time when government forces would ask him for I-Card he would argue with them. I believe something similar would have happened today (Monday). Who travels in a bus carrying a rifle and a pistol on this highway where you are subjected to stringent checking.”

His family said that police had called them last month asking about Ibrahim, who had gone outside the state.
“On his arrival we called the police informing them that he was home and does he need to come to the police station. But they said it was not needed,” said one of his brothers.