New Delhi, June 2: Clashes emerged in Srinagar on Friday after a youth was killed and two were injured after being hit by a vehicle of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), targeted by stone-pelters in old city’s Nowhatta area on Friday. Notably the incident took place days before Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s scheduled to visit the valley. Reports claimed that this incident could deter the Modi government’s renewed efforts to reach out to Kashmiri youth after announcing the Ramzan relief.
Narrating the incident, a police officer said that the CRPF vehicle accidentally strayed into an area crowded with protesters. The angry mob encircled the vehicle after which the ‘nervous’ driver lost his control, in an attempt to get quickly away. The police officer said that it was totally unintentional.
Several photographs showing the vehicle running over the Kashmiri youth are doing rounds on social media. Hitting out at CM Mehbooba Mufti over the incident, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah said,”Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps and paraded them around villages to deter protestors now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP Mehbooba Mufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps?”
Another NC leader Junaid Azim Mattu said,”The images of a man being run over by a CRPF gypsy are haunting. The gypsy was attacked – that’s a fact – yes. However, it’s a failure of the local police in the area to have allowed a CRPF gypsy to pass through an almost 200 strong hostile crowd. Extremely unfortunate.”