Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Kashmir: CRPF vehicle runs over 3 while being attacked, 1 died

Kashmir: CRPF vehicle runs over 3 while being attacked, 1 died

Kashmiri Protesters gather around a paramilitary vehicle as it runs over a man during a protest in Srinagar.

The death of a 22-year-old man, Qaiser Amin Bhat, who died after a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle ran over him at Nowhatta in Srinagar on Friday might serve as a big blow to the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.

Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters as hundreds attended the funeral of Kaiser Bhat, crushed by a jeep, in the summer capital Srinagar.

The protests were largely peaceful Friday, with government forces hanging back after the previous week, when over 50 people were injured in fierce clashes.

"They (protesters) came very close, some of them even climbed on the vehicle". Three CRPF personnel and a woman were injured here.

Footage from the scene, which showed the other youth struggling under the wheels of the armoured vehicle, was widely shared on social media.

The deceased had been living with his aunt and sisters in Dalgate area of Srinagar for the past four years following the death of both his parents.

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Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah targeted Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti following the incident.

In a statement, the Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the "killing spree continues in Kashmir despite Ramadhan ceasefire".

Tempers ran high on Sunday afternoon after police and paramilitary CRPF which were deployed in strength in Fateh Kadal used force to disperse mourners, leaving more than a dozen injured. When they reached the main chowk they pelted stones on the security force posse.

"The protesters tried to stop the vehicle but the forces continued to move", said Shahid Ahmad, a resident who was at the scene.

Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case of rash-driving against the CRPF for moving down a youth during protests in Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar on Friday.

Police later took the custody of the body and said they would allow only a handful of relatives to take the body for burial in the city's main martyr's graveyard where hundreds of rebels and civilians killed since the start of an anti-India armed rebellion are buried.

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