Srinagar: A 19-year-old boy was killed in Batamaloo area of Srinagar by Border Secrity Force (BSF) who opened fire on a group of youths pelting their vehicle with stones on Saturday evening, witnesses said.
The slain youth has been identified as Sajad Hussain Sheikh of Chandoosa Baramulla who was residing in Batamaloo. As per sources and witnesses, a few youths hurled stones at vehicles of 38 batallion BSF that was passing through the Batamaloo-Tengpora road on Saturday evening. The forces, in reply, opened direct fire at the youths, resulting in on-the-spot death of Hussain and injuries to two other youths. Sheikh was rushed to SMHS hospital but doctors declared him brought dead.
Medical Superintendent of SMHS hospital Dr Nazir Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that the youth had sustained firearm injury in his head, causing his instant death. “He was brought dead to the hospital,” Choudhary said.
Massive clashes erupted between youths and government forces at main chowk Batamaloo soon after the news of the youth’s death reached the area. Within minutes, the entire area wore a deserted look as traffic went off the roads and shutters went down in the locality. Announcements were made from local mosques asking people to come out on roads to protest the killing of the youth.
“It was just mild stone-pelting by the boys,” a witness and a resident of Batamaloo told Kashmir Reader. “Even the use of pellets would have been excessive use of force by soldiers. It came as a shock that bullets were fired to chase away a few stone-pelters.”
A police handout said that they are collecting details of the circumstances that led to the killing of the youth.
“Police are collecting the details and looking into the circumstances under which a person identified as Sajad Hussain Sheikh of Chandoosa Baramulla, at present (resident of) SD Colony Srinagar, got killed. The district police administration Srinagar has informed that there was no deployment in the area. The matter is being investigated,” the police statement said.