Youth injured at Pattan during anti-rape protests dies at SKIMS

Youth injured at Pattan during anti-rape protests dies at SKIMS

Baramulla: A youth from Pattan area of Baramulla district who was injured in the head by pellets during clashes with government forces on Monday, when hundreds of people blocked the national highway and other roads to protest against the rape of a little girl in Sumbal Bandipora, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday evening at SKIMS hospital.
Official sources said that Arshid Ahmad Dar, 22, son of Gulam Mohammad Dar, resident of Chanabal village in Pattan, sustained multiple pellet injuries in his head and eyes and was shifted to the nearby Pattan hospital on Monday afternoon. The doctors there referred him to SKIMS Srinagar for specialised treatment.
On Monday, thousands of people of Mirgund, Chanabal, Rambir, Hanjivera, Pattan, Singhpora, Harthrath and other areas in Baramulla district had hit the streets to protest against the rape of a 3-year-old girl in Sumbal. The protesters blocked the Srinagar-Baramulla highway and damaged dozens of vehicles by hurling stones. The protestors also hurled stones at police and paramilitary forces, leading to day-long clashes in which about 50 government forces’ personnel and 20 civilian youths were injured.
While the protesters hurled stones and rocks, police fired tear smoke shells and pellets. Arshid Ahmad sustained critical pellet injures in his head and after battling for life for more than two days, succumbed to the injuries on Wednesday evening in hospital.
The body of Arshid Ahmad was handed over to his family on Thursday morning by the authorities. A large number of people, shouting slogans, participated in his funeral prayers. Local sources said that despite strict restrictions on public movement, a large number of people from different villages reached the home of Dar to offer condolences to the bereaved family.
The authorities blocked mobile internet service throughout Baramulla and Bandipora districts while several educational institutes including degree colleges at Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipora and higher secondary schools including girls’ schools in Baramulla, Pattan, Sopore, Sumbal, Handwara and Kupwara were ordered closed on Thursday.
In Pattan and nearby areas, the authorities announced that people would not be allowed to go to Chanabal village. Sources said that hundreds of armed forces’ personnel were deployed on main routes and no one was allowed to move past. A few incidents of stone-pelting on police were reported during the day but the police managed to keep traffic moving on the national highway.
A police officer said that a case has been registered into Arshid’s death and police have started an investigation. He confirmed that a few youths had pelted stones at the deployed forces at some places, but the day passed off peacefully and people cooperated with the police.