Day After Modi's Visit, Youth's Killing Evokes Outrage In Kashmir

8 November 2015
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: Killing of a youth on Saturday evening has evoked outrage across Kashmir with separatist terming it as 'spilling innocent blood' on streets of Kashmir by security forces. 'On one hand Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed were talking about empowering youth of Kashmir while on the other hand forces in Kashmir spilled innocent blood of Kashmiri youth,' Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference, said. Separatist political parties have given shutdown call against the killing. On Saturday evening, the CRPF resorted to tear smoke shelling to disperse stone throwers at Zainakote area near Srinagar, wounding a youth. The wounded identified as Gowhar Nazir Dar, 22, was rushed to Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), where he succumbed to his injuries. Dar was student of engineering at the SSM College. 'We regret the loss of life and we have ordered magisterial probe,' police spokesman said. Local residents, however, alleged that the youth was killed after the CRPF opened fire. 'He was either hit by a bullet or a shell, we don't know what it was,' Medical Superintendent of SKIMS told Mail Today. 'We only resorted to tear gas shelling after we came under intense stone pelting,' Srinagar based CRPF spokesman, Bhavish Chaudhary said. 'Random stone throwing was going on in the area since Saturday. The stone throwing increased by evening considerably with stone throwers attacking boundary wall of the camp and cutting its wires.' Chaudhary said that the CRPF along with police fired 19 tear gas shells leading to injury of one youth. 'We didn't open any live fire,' he added. The protesters were demonstrating against curbs placed by the police and security forces to foil 'Srinagar million march' called by separatist groups against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally. The government had imposed curfew and restrictions across Kashmir to prevent the march on Saturday. Around 300 separatist leaders and their sympathizers were taken into preventive custody head of Modi's rally.