Indian border guards ‘lose way’ in freedom bastion, shoot dead Kashmir youth

Sajjad Hassan in a file picture. (Courtesy: Facebook)

A 22-year-old youth was killed by Indian Border Security Force troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar on Saturday evening.

Reliable sources in the capital of this disputed region said that the youth Sajad Hassan sustained serious head injuries after BSF men from 38 Battalion opened fire upon a group of youth near Reck Chowk in Batmaluen in the evening hours.

Sources said that a small convoy of BSF was coming from frontier Kupwor district and they were heading to Humhom.

However, sources said, they lost their way and entered interiors of Batmaluen– which is considered to be a bastion of anti-India movement in this disputed Himalayan region.

Sources said that as the pro freedom youth at Reka Chowk spotted the BSF vehicle and hurled stones at  them. “The BSF troops opened fire, killing Sajad Hassan,” said the sources.

Sajjad ran a barbecue outlet in Batmaluen and was a resident of Chundusa in northern Varmul district. He was currently residing at SD Colony in Batmaluen.

Although Sajad Hassan was immediately rushed to SMHS hospital but doctors declared him dead on arrival.  A police spokesman issued a statement and said that they are investigating the matter.

“Police is collecting the details and is looking into the circumstances under which Sajad Hussain got killed. There was no deployment in the area. The matter is being investigated,” the statement read.

The Indian border guards’ spokesperson in Kashmir told a local news agency they were collecting details of the incident.

High tension gripped in the Batmaluen and adjacent areas after the news spread.

Srinagar city had normally opened on Saturday and shops and other businesses were working till late evening in the city when suddenly everything came to a standstill after the incident.

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