Police Regrets Killing Of Youth In Nowhatta Area

7 September 2008

Srinagar: Regretting the killing of a youth in a clash between the police and protesters during a shutdown called by the separatists in Nowhatta, the security force today said it had used maximum restraint while tackling the violent crowd. 'We regret the killing of a youth at Nowhatta yesterday despite maximum restraint while tackling the unruly mob,' a police spokesman said. He said police had to fire rubber shells to disperse a mob which tried to attack the local police station. 'Some of the protesters hurled petrol bombs towards the police station and the police personnel deployed had to act to disperse the violent mob,' the spokesman said. Urging the people to maintain calm and peace in the area, he termed the media reports that the youth was killed at point blank range by the police as false. The youth identified as Javid Iqbal was killed during a clash between police and protesters at Nowhatta yesterday.