Budgam: A 22-year-old youth was shot dead and another was critically wounded after army soldiers opened fire in Beerwah area on Friday, triggering massive clashes in the town that left 15 persons injured.
The deceased was identified as Tanveer Ahmad Wani, a tailor by profession and a resident of Waza mohalla Beerwah.
According to eyewitnesses, army’s 53 RR was on a patrol when some unknown person lit a cracker and it exploded with a bang.
“This infuriated the army,” an eyewitness, Faisal, said. “The moment the cracker exploded, they started beating pedestrians and shopkeepers, inquiring as to who lit the cracker. The market was partially busy. The shops were open and the people were preparing to go for the prayers despite the strike.”
The army personnel moved ahead and reached the bus stand. “When they reached the adda (bus stand), on the way beating people, a local apologised to the army men saying it will not happen in the future,” Faisal said. “But they beat him as well, and then they beat another person.”
Blood oozed out of the mouth of the local who apolgised, another eyewitness said.
“This made the people angry. They entered into an altercation with the army men,” eyewitnesses said. “Tanveer was preparing for the afternoon prayer. It
was around 12:30 pm. He worked in a shop located on the first floor. As he was coming downstairs, the crowd had already gathered and they started pelting stones. It was mild stone-pelting. In the meantime, the army opened indiscriminate fire on the people.
Tanveer received a bullet in his head, shoulder and thigh,” an eyewitness added.
As Tanveer fell on the ground, locals rushed him to the nearby health centre in Gondipora where the medicos declared him dead.
Another person, Mohamamd Ibrahim, also sustained critical injuries after he received a bullet in his shoulder. He has been hospitalised in SMHS Hospital Srinagar.
Police said they have filed an attempt to murder case against the accused army personnel under FIR number 74 of 70.
The army men belonged to the same company of the 53 RR who tied Farooq Dar on the front of a jeep and used him as a human shield.
Soon after the death of Tanveer, fierce clashes broke out in Beerwah. Youths fought pitched stone battles with the police and CRPF who retaliated by firing tear smoke and pellets. 15 persons sustained injuries.
Amid pro-freedom slogans and his body draped in the Pakistani flag, Tanveer was buried in the local graveyard.
Eyewitnesses said that the forces ransacked houses and broke windows of several houses during the clashes whch continued till late night.
Tanveer was the sole bread winner of his family. His father is a labourer by profession while his sister is married.
July 21: Tanveer Ahmad, a 22-year-old youth was killed by Army at Beerwah
July 18: Rayees Ahmed Bhat, a shopkeeper was killed along with two Lashkar militants in an encounter in Anantnag
July 17: A 60-year-old elderly man Mohammad Abdullah Ganai killed by army in Bijebehara
July 1: Tahira Begum and Shadab Ahmad Chopan of Dialgam village in Kokernag killed by forces
June 22: Ajaz Ahmed Malik killed by forces in Pulwama
June 16: Mohammad Ashraf, 34, and Ahsan Mushtaq, 15, killed during by forces in Arwani.
June 6: Adil Farooq killed by forces in Shopian’s Ganowpora village.
May 27: A Youth Molvi Aqib Ahmad killed by forces in Tral
May 14: Mohammad Hussain Dar injured in cross firing on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Kulgam district succumbs to injuries in hospital.
May 6: Three civilians killed in crossfire when militants attack a police party in Kulgam.
April 27: Mohammad Yusuf, 55, killed by army in Panzgam Kupwara
March 28: Three civilians, Zahid Rashid of Chadoora, Amir Fayaz of Wathora, and Ashfaq Ahmad of Rangreth killed by government forces in Chadoora area of Budgam.
Mar 14: Kaneeza, 9, killed in Kupwara after being hit ‘stray bullet’.
Mar 9: 15-year-old Amir Nazir killed by government forces at Padgampora village in Pulwama
Feb 23: A woman killed by ‘stray bullet’ in exchange of gunfire between militants and army
Feb 12: Two civilians killed by government forces in Kulgam.