Kashmir youth killed in firing

A youth who was critically injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Old City after government forces fired at a group of protesters has died at a hospital here, medical sources told Kashmir Dispatch. 


Bashir Ahmad Bhat aka Owais Ahmad, 24, was admitted to SK Institute of Medical Sciences in Sowur in a life threatening condition and we operated upon him, but he could not survive, a top doctor said. 


He said two other injured including a woman, Haleema, are being treated upon. 


Haleema has received pellet injuries in her abdomen.


Sources said as the voting ended in the Nawa Kadal groups of youth assembled at the main square and hurled stones at the retreating troopers. “There were about 150 boys and they were attacking a security vehicle. Few had climbed on it when the troopers fired,” a local said.


“Two boys were hit by bullets and one of them has a critical bullet wound in his abdomen,” a local told Kashmir Dispatch.


Owais, a mason by profession hails from Gratebal was rushed to the specialized hospital where he breathed his last. 


Gratbal residents confirmed to the Dispatch that the youth has passed away. His family members confirmed his death and said that he had received four bullets in his abdomen. 


Doctors said the other injured youth, Nazir Ahamd Kaloo, has received a bullet in his upper thigh. 


There was no official confirmation from the police yet.


Protests were going on in Gratebal and adjacent localities as the news of his death spread.


The police said in a statement: “In the evening after the polling was over a party of security forces came under severe attack by some miscreants in Nawakadal area jurisdiction of police station Safakadal Srinagar. The miscreants snatched the weapon of a security force personnel. In the ensuing scuffle two persons identified as Bashir Ahmed Bhat son of Ghulam Hassan Bhat resident of Gratbal Nawakadal and Nazir Ahmed Kaloo resident of Nawakadal got injured. Bashir Ahmed later on succumbed to his injuries. While Nazir Ahmed Kaloo has got injured in arm and is out of danger.”