Zainapora (Shopian): Nine-year-old Rutba Farooq, crushed to death on Thursday under the wheels of a 55-RR trooper’s vehicle, was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans at her native village of Aglar in Shopian district in south Kashmir.
Thirty protestors, a paramedic and five policemen were injured in clashes at Zainapora, where the trooper who ran into the girl had taken her to hospital. Angry crowds gathered on hearing the news and pelted stones at government forces. The forces retaliated with pellets, tear-smoke shells and sound shells, resulting in the injury of 30 protestors who were treated at the distrct hospital Zainapora.
Zainapora police station officials told Kashmir Reader that three policemen had also been injured in the stone-pelting. A doctor from Zainapora said that one of the injured protestors was referred to Anantnag hospital as he had sustained a pellet injury in his eye.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that the forces also thrashed the local Tehsildar when he went to the police to ask to be provided a copy of the FIR the protestors were demanding against the army.
Angry protestors also hurled stones on the Tehsil and at the office of the Zainapora Sub-district Magistrate and damaged several window panes at both buildings.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, SA Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that an FIR has been lodged against the army and investigations were on. “We have to check the vehicle which injured the girl and the one which took her to hospital,” he said.
The police have lodged an FIR (41/2017 under section 279-304A), in police station Zainapora against the troopers of 55 RR, he said A police spokesperson said Police has detained the driver and seized the vehicle involved in the accident.
He added that after investigation, the driver who hit the girl would be arrested.
The grandfather of the slain girl said that he had been accompanying her to the shops to buy her a chocolate. “It was less than a minute when I heard cries that a speeding army vehicle had hit my granddaughter. We cried to them to leave her where she lay, she is dead, but they didn’t listen and instead took her to the Zainapora hospital, where doctors declared her brought in dead.”