Kashmir: Chased by forces youth recovered dead from stone quarry, police orders probe, Death toll 83

-Clashes erupt in Bandipora, Budgam village

Srinagar: With additional Indian forces deployed on the ground, the government was virtually upset by the death of one more youth allegedly caused by the beating of army which chased a group of stone pelting youth in Zaingeer area of Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district early Wednesday morning. Police has ordered a probe to investigate the death but army has denied its involvement in any beating incident in Sopore.

KNS local correspondent Syed Fayaz reported from Sopore that a youth was allegedly beaten to death by army in a village in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district last night, taking the death toll in the ongoing uprising to 83. Eyewitnesses told KNS that the bruised body of 24-year-old Manzoor Lone, son of Ghulam Rasool, resident of Hardshiva was found in a stone quarry early Wednesday morning.
They said that some youths hurled rocks at the army camp after offering Eid prayers at Eidgah Zainageer, which is located less than 100 metres from the camp of 22 RR in Pazalpora.

His father, Ghulam Rasool, said that they were worried when Manzoor didn’t return home by Tuesday evening. “Along with members of Auqaf committee, we went to the army camp where we were told that they had no information on Manzoor,” said Rasool.
The family of the deceased youth left for Bomai police station to lodge a missing report Wednesday morning, but before they could reach there, they were told that Manzoor’s body has been found in the stone quarry.

As the news of his death spread, people took to streets and staged massive protests. The protesters, witnesses said, were demanding an FIR against the army and the removal of the army camp from the area.

However, police and paramilitary CRPF personnel resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protesters. Meanwhile, DIG Baramulla Uttam Chand said that they will investigate his death. A police spokesperson in Srinagar said that they have taken cognizance of the matter and started investigation. “Dead body of Manzoor Ahmad Lone son of Naseer Ahmad Lone resident of Hardshiva Bomie, Sopore was recovered from the paddy fields. Police has taken cognizance of the matter and started investigation,” said the spokesperson. Army has also denied any involvement in the killing of Manzoor. “We were not involved in any beating incident in Sopore,” said a spokesperson.

In central Kashmir’s Budgam district the residents of Wadwan and adjoining villages Wednesday marched towards the home of Javaid Ahmad Dar who died on September 11, over a month after being hit by a bullet during clashes in Narbal. Locals had called for a march to Wadwan today, on the fourth day anniversary of Dar. Since early morning, witnesses said, people were seen heading towards Dar’s home in Wadwan.
In nearby Soibugh village, reports said that youths pelted few stones on an army vehicle. Later, the road connecting Soibugh with Wadwan was reportedly blocked by army at Daharmuna 2 RR camp to prevent a possible “confrontation”. The marchers had to take a detour to reach Wadwan, locals said.

Clashes erupted in Bandipora town in north Kashmir on Wednesday after youths attacked a police officer’s vehicle. Witnesses and reports said that protesters pelted stones on the vehicle of SP Bandipora at Nowpora chowk. Forces resorted to tear smoke shelling to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes in Gulshan chowk and Nowpora chowk. After the attack, forces removed hoarding with pro-freedom messages inscribed on them and also blocked the roads.

Earlier, huge congregations of people from Ayatmulla, AAjar, Nowpora, Plan, Wusoo and Kaloosa, marched to the house of Mustafa Mir who was killed in forces’ action Tuesday when Eid was being celebrated with pain and agony in the aftermath of about 80 civilian deaths in Kashmir. Reports said that protesters torched a showroom of BJP district president Sheikh Wasim Bari in the main market in Bandipora town.

Police in a statement issued here late Wednesday evening said “apart from a few stray incidents of stone pelting the situation remained normal and under control throughout the valley till filing of this report. Curfew was imposed in the towns of Baramulla and Handwara, while as, restrictions were imposed in some parts of the valley” . Police while confirming the registering of a case of stone pelting said “One person namely Mohammad Sultan Dar son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Chek-i-Cheratram Kunzar reported in Police Station Kunzer that his son namely Shabir Ahmad Dar who was travelling to his home from Bewa in his vehicle bearing registration number JK05C-3550 was stopped near Cheeratram by miscreants. These miscreants pelted stones on his vehicle and damaged it. They also beat up Shabir Ahmad. On this complaint police has registered a case FIR number 90/2016 under section 336, 427, 307 RPC. The accused have been identified as Waqar Ahmad Hajam son of Ghulam Nabi, Yaseen Hajam, Saqib Hajam sons of Ghulam Hassan Hajam resident of Check-i-cheeratram. Police has launched a manhunt to arrest these miscreants”.

Separatists had today asked people to occupy highways and main roads from Banihal in south Kashmir to Uri in north Kashmir. Normal life in the Valley remained affected for the 68th day due to curfew and separatist sponsored strike since July 9, following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. (KNS)

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