Bijbehara commerce student succumbs, toll 34; many injured during protests on Day 4 of uprising stirred by killing of Burhan Wani
Srinagar: A teenager from chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s ancestral locality in Bijbehara, who had been shot at by the government forces on Tuesday evening, succumbed to his injuries at 2am at the SMHS Hospital, and another person was shot dead during a protest on Wednesday in Kralpora area of Kupwara district.
So far 34 protesters have been shot dead by government forces during protests that erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and two of his associates on Friday.
Amir Nazir Latoo, who was pursuing masters in commerce at Aligarh Muslim University, had been shot in the chest at Zirpara, Bijbehara. He succumbed after midnight, SMHS medical superintendent Dr Nazir Choudhary said.
Zahoor Ahmad, 22, was killed at Kralpora in Kupwara district during a protest. Block Medical Officer Kralpora Dr Mir Shafi told Kashmir Reader the government forces are not allowing ambulances to shift injured to Srinagar for treatment.
The people were protesting against the killing spree of government forces that Kashmir has witnessed since the death of popular Hizb commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two associates.
Anti-India demonstrations erupted in Bijbehara when Amir’s body was brought to his home. Angry mourners clashed with government forces for hours. As usual, the government forces retaliated with deadly pellet ammunition, teargas and aerial firing.
Two youths, one of whom has been identified as Amar Ahmad Mir son of Nissar Ahmad Mir resident of Goriwan Bijbehara, were injured during the clashes. Amar, who has sustained pellet injury in the eye and hands, was shifted to SMHS hospital.
At least 20 protesters received pellet injuries in Hajin area, when people clashed with government forces. Two of them have sustained eye injuries.
Intense clashes erupted in Papchan and Nusoo villages of Bandipora where a 13-year-old boy Suhail Dandroo got injured during clashes while another youth Aadil Dar was arrested by the police.
Reports said forces barged into residential houses and damaged windowpanes and fired dozens of teargas shells in these localities. Later, the entire village came out on roads and protested against the forces.
Burhan’s home town Tral also witnessed fierce clashes between forces and people. A building housing a police post was torched by protesters after ransacking it. At least six people were injured during the clashes. Another structure belonged to police was also torched in Lassipora area of Pulwama, and a police chowki was burnt in Rahmoo area of Pulwama.
People in Tral have called for Tral Eidgah chalo on Friday to pay homage to the slain commander.
Kakapora, Zainapora, Main town Shopian, Awantipora, Baramulla town, Pattan, Palhalan, main chowk Sopore witnessed incidents of stone-pelting throughout the day. Also, pro-freedom songs blared out public from address systems at several places across the Valley.
Police picked up several youths from Nasrullahpora and Beerwah areas of Budgam.
In central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the situation remained tense and heavy clashes were reported between people and government forces on Tuesday. Youths shouted pro-freedom-slogans and clashed with forces deployed at Gangerhama, Wanipora, Nagbal, Qamaria Chowk, Chek i Duderhama, Saloora and other adjoining areas.
Ganderbal District Development Commissioner Tariq Hussain Ganai’s car was attacked with stones near Gangerhama when he was on his way to Mini Secretariat Duderhama this morning. The window panes of the DDC’s Scorpio car were damaged but he escaped unhurt.
A statement issued by the police, however, said that the “situation remained under control” in Valley on Tueday though “some incidents of arson and mob attacks were reported”.
“Stray and intermittent incidents of stone pelting were reported from Tral, Nowdal, Gadbugh, Batnag, Chindrigam, Shopian, Memander, Frisal, Yaripora, Ruhama, Rajpora, Newa Bijbehara, Goriwan, Exchange road Beerwa, Main Chowk Sopore, Warpora, Khanpora bridge, Baramulla, Langate Trehgam, Popchan and Bandipora,” the statement said.
“Miscreants set ablaze a police guard room at Gadbugh, a minority picket guard room at Batnag, Tral, and a guard room of P/P Ruhama in Pulwama. They also lobbed a petrol bomb on CRPF and police deployed at Gachi Mohalla Near Cement bridge Safa Kadal, Srinagar,” it said.