Srinagar clashes: Youth dies after being run over by CRPF vehicle

Protesters throw rocks and bricks on a paramilitary vehicle in Srinagar. —AP

Protesters throw rocks and bricks on a paramilitary vehicle in Srinagar. —AP

That set off pitched battles between residents and government forces.

Police said there was no deployment in the area on Friday as the authorities had made a decision to ease tension in the area during Friday's congregational prayers.

Internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said.

The CRFP has maintained that the protestors were trying to lynch the occupants of the vehicle. While the stone throwers have been charged for attempt to murder and rioting, the CRPF driver has been charged with rash driving.

Last month, a young man was killed when a when a police armoured vehicle ran over him during clashes with government forces in Srinagar. "He had suffered a serious chest injury and fractures", doctors at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences said. A senior official who was tasked with inspecting the deployment in the area was inside the vehicle.

CRPF spokesman Sanjay Sharma said the mob tried to open the back door of the vehicle. "They broke the windows of the vehicle".

Meanwhile, in a message on Twitter, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said: "Earlier they tied people to jeeps & paraded them around villages to deter protesters. Ceasefire means no guns, so use jeeps?" "However, it's a failure of the local police in the area to have allowed a CRPF gypsy to pass through an nearly 200 strong hostile crowd", National Conference spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu tweeted, blaming the police for allowing the jeep to pass through a hostile crowd.

Mufti is yet to comment on the incident.

Rail services between north Kashmir's Baramulla and the Bannihal town in Jammu region were suspended for the day. "There is also a difference in presenting before the audience/readers/followers "a selective picture" and not a "chain of pictures presenting the whole scene", the state police tweeted.

The three separatist leaders, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), had called for a shutdown in the Valley today to protest the death of the youth, Kaiser Bhat (21).

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