Srinagar: A bus driver whom locals identified as Firdous Ahmad of Frestabal Pampore was beaten on the road at Pantha Chowk by men of the paramilitary CRPF on Monday. Six persons, including women, were also injured when police cane-charged locals who protested against the beating.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that a passenger bus bearing number JK01M 7265 was on way to Srinagar from Pampore when it was signalled to stop by CRPF near Lasjan bridge in Pantha Chowk, to pave way for the Amaranth Yatra-bound vehicles.
The driver stopped the bus a few meters away from where it was signalled to stop.
“In no time CRPF personnel, about 20 in number, pounced on the driver and beat him ruthlessly,” an eyewitness, Umar Bedaak, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that CRPF personnel also beat up other persons, including women passengers, who tried to save the driver.
“The driver was seriously injured as CRPF men beat him with bamboo canes and gun butts,” he said.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver was rushed to JVC hospital, where doctors referred him to SMHS and from there doctors shifted him to SKIMS Soura for his “grave injuries”.
Locals took to the streets to protest the beating of the driver. They demanded that police register an FIR against the erring CRPF men and blocked the road, triggering a massive traffic jam on the highway.
A police team led by SDPO Aijaz Ahmad Mir allegedly cane-charged the protesters, resulting in injuries to a number of them.
“At least six protesters including women who were peacefully protesting were injured when police resorted to cane charging and fired teargas shells to disperse them to resume traffic on the highway,” said a local.
Locals also alleged that police damaged several cars while chasing away the protesters.
SDPO Nowgam Ajaz Ahmad Mir did not respond to repeated calls from Kashmir Reader.
Despite repeated calls, the SHO Pantha Chowk also could not be contacted.