Srinagar/Pulwama, Oct 15: An injured civilian from Pampore town, beaten by police and CRPF troops, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night even as police imposed a strict curfew on Friday after his death in many parts of the Valley. With today’s death, the number of civilians killed by police, para-military CRPF and army since June 11 in the valley has reached 111. Those killed are mainly youth and children.
Doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, told Greater Kashmir that Ghulam Nabi Mir son of Ghulam Ahmad of Kadalabal, Pampore, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night.
“He was admitted in the institute on October 7 and had been assaulted. He had polytrauma and severe head injuries. He succumbed last night at 10.30,” Medical Superintendent, SKIMS, Dr. Syed Amin Tabish told Greater Kashmir.
He said 55-year-old Mir was under observation in the ICU since October 11. Mir, locals said, was beaten on the evening of October 7 by police and CRPF.
“He (Mir) left home for Maghrib prayers to a nearby masjid and suddenly SOG men and CRPF troopers entered Khandi Mohalla while chasing away people. As everybody ran for safety, the armed men caught hold of Mir and a few others just outside the masjid and severely thrashed them,” eyewitness said.
Mir received fatal injuries and was rushed to a hospital.
Police said a case has been registered against “unknown force” personnel at Police Station, Pampore.
“We have lodged an FIR against the unidentified men in uniform under case FIR No: 177/2010 under Section 307 at the police station Pampore and the investigation is on,” SHO Pampore, Krishan Ratan told Greater Kashmir.
As the body of the deceased reached his home town in Nambalbal, Pampore, thousands of people including women and children defying curfew restrictions staged massive pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Later, thousands participated in the Nimaz-e-Jinazah of Mir and his body was laid to rest in the local graveyard early morning.
Fearing protests against the killing, authorities imposed curfew and restrictions in several parts of the Valley on Friday including at in Pampore and downtown areas of Srinagar city.
Restrictions were also in place at Pattan, Delina, Palhalan, Sopur, Dangiwacha, Kupwara, Kralpora, Tregam, Handwara, Chottipora and Kulangam areas of North Kashmir.
Curfew was imposed in south Kashmir’s Shopian town while restrictions were imposed in Islamabad, Kulgam and Pulwama towns.
The restrictions were strict in the areas falling under seven downtown police stations including Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and Maharaj Gunj. The forces had sealed streets and roads and didn’t allow people to venture out of their homes.
No Friday prayers were offered at historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Nowhatta here for the sixth consecutive week. Apart from the holy month of Ramadhan, the historic Majid has been placed under siege on Fridays ever since the unrest in Kashmir began in June.
Post-prayer protests broke out in Gaw Kadal locality in city centre. Police used force to disperse the protesters.
Clashes erupted in Chatipora, Murran Chowk and several other places late in the evening. Sporadic clashes amid restrictions also broke out in Kulgam and Qaimoh towns of Kulgam districts.
In Islamabad township several people sustained injuries after intense clashes broke out between the forces and the youth late in the evening in old town as well as certain areas of Khanabal-Pahalgam (KP) road.
Reports said that youth pelted stones at police and CRPF at Lal Chowk, Janglat Mandi, Achabal bus terminal, Cheeni Chowk, Malakhnag and Reeshi Bazar in the old town and Khanbal, Naibasti, Laizibal and Gulshanabad on the K.P road. The forces lobbed many tear gas canisters and resorted to baton charge to quell the protesters who offered stiff resistance. The clashes were going on till late evening.
Reports of sporadic clashes were also received from Bijbehara town.
Meanwhile, five persons including a non-local woman was injured when CRPF and police resorted to aerial firing to chase away protestors in Bandipora.
Hundreds of residents from ward 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 staged pro-freedom protests and pelted police and paramilitary forces with stones. Witnesses said CRPF used teargas shells and batons to disperse the protestors. As they refused to disperse, the forces fired warning shots in air.
Injured were identified as Hilal Ahmed, Muhammad Iqbal, Manzoor Ahmed—all residents of Bandipora. A lady, Parveena Begum wife of Shahid Ahmad of Muzzafernagar, Uttar Pradesh, was also injured in the incident. She was later referred to Srinagar in a critical condition.
Protests were also reported from Hajin, Sumbal and Ajas townships where two persons sustained injuries who have been identified as Mehraj-ud-din and Abdus Salaam of Hajin, the condition of latter has been stated as critical and has been referred to a Srinagar hospital.
Restrictions were also in place in several localities of Varmul town. Police and CRPF sealed all the bridges connecting old city with the civil lines areas.
Protests broke out at Cement Bridge and Azad Gunj Bridge localities. Locals staged protesters and engaged police in dingdong battles by pelting stones.
Late last night police arrested a youth Zahoor Ahmad Mala alias Raju of Varmul after raiding his residence. Locals said police ransacked his house during the raid and damaged many household goods.
TWO BOYS BOOKED UNDER PSA IN PULWAMA:
The district administration Pulwama on Friday booked two young boys from main town Pulwama under Public Safety Act for “staging protests and pelting police and CRPF troopers with stones.”
Basharat Bilal son of Abdul Aziz Hajam of Malikpora and Mudasir Ahmad Dar son of Manzoor Ahmad Dar of Chatapora Pulwama were detained in police station Pulwama since last week and were shifted to Kathua Jail today.
“Both have been charged for creating law and order problems in the town and were caught red-handed during stone pelting on police and CRPF,” SHO Pulwama said.
GOWHAR BHAT/KHALID GUL (With inputs from Altaf Baba, Tariq Rasool and Waheed-ur-Rehman)