Pro-freedom slogans raised at Jinazgah ‘for hours’
Baramulla: Ubaid Manzoor Lone, son of Manzoor Ahmad Lone, resident of Nadihal village in Rafiabad Baramulla, was critically injured on June 25 when troops of the 149 Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) fired at a group of youths near Nadihal village on Baramulla-Handwara road. Ubaid was hit by a bullet in his right thigh and was admitted to District Hospital Baramulla, from where he was shifted to SKIMS Srinagar for advanced treatment. Early morning today, he breathed his last there.
The BSF has claimed that the youths were pelting their convoy with stones and they fired in self-defence.
The police registered a case under FIR number 103/2018 under Sections 307, 148, 149, and 336 RPC against the BSF’s 149 Battalion in police station Baramulla. Local sources told Kashmir Reader that the Baramulla police has asked senior officers to charge the case under Section 302 (murder) from Section 307 (attempt to murder), but police officers in Baramulla refused comment when asked about this.
A pall of gloom descended upon Nadihal village at the news of the death. Residents of Nadihal and nearby areas said that hundreds of people including women and children reached the family’s home in the morning and waited outside for the body to arrive. At 10am, the body reached home and the waiting people raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Ubaid was later buried in the village graveyard where thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers.
Local sources said that a public announcement system was installed by people in the Nadihal Jinazgah on which people, including women and children, shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans for hours.
Family members also garlanded their beloved son in the hospital soon after his death. His grave was also decorated with flowers after the burial.