CRPF vehicle hits two youths at Nowhatta protest, both critically injured

CRPF vehicle hits two youths at Nowhatta protest, both critically injured
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Srinagar: On the third Friday of Ramazan, two youths were critically injured after being hit by a CRPF vehicle during protests in Nowhatta, after congregational prayers were offered in the historic Jamia Masjid.
After the Mirwaiz completing his Friday sermon, youths took out a protest march, witnesses said. When they reached Nowhatta Chowk, they raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans and demanded the release of Kashmiri political prisoners.
As the protest was going on, a CRPF vehicle hit two youths who were part of the protest, witnesses said.
One of the youths has been identified as Mohammad Younis. As per doctors, he has suffered multiple traumatic injuries.

Dr Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Soura, told Kashmir Reader, “We received two injured youth. One among them is very critical. He has a serious chest injury. We are monitoring his condition but he is very critical.”
Giving details about the other injured youth, Dr Jan said, “He is also critical. Both the injured youth were initially received at JLNM hospital, Rainawari.”
The Station House Officer (SHO) of Nowhatta confirmed the injuries to the two youths. He said police were ascertaining details of how they were injured.
Sanjay Sharma, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of CRPF, told Kashmir Reader, “Our deployment was there when boys surrounded the vehicle and started stone-pelting on the vehicle. As the vehicle tried to get out of this situation, two youths got injured.”
He further said that instead of opening fire, the CRPF troopers tried to escape from the area and it was then that the two youths got hit by their vehicle.
Last Friday, government forces fired pellets and teargas shells at protestors outside and inside the Jamia Masjid, injuring almost 100 persons. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had cautioned authorities of widespread protests if forces were again deployed this Friday, but the authorities went ahead with the usual deployment.

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