New Delhi, June 2: The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police have registered two FIRs against CRPF’s Srinagar Unit over Nowhatta incident, wherein a stone-pelter was run over by the vehicle. The incident took place on Friday. A news agency ANI further reported that FIRs has been registered under sections 307 (Attempt to murder), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 279 (Rash driving) among other sections including sections 149, 152, 336 and 427.
On Friday, the CRPF vehicle had 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. In the incident, a youth was killed and two were injured. The police officer had said that it was totally unintentional. Several photographs showing the vehicle running over the Kashmiri youth are doing rounds on social media. Reports of the clash were also reported from the valley.
Hitting out at CM Mehbooba Mufti over the incident, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah took to the micro-blogging site and tweeted, “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?”
Replying on the Omar Abdullah’s tweet, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that nothing is more condemnable than an attack on the security forces. There has been a practice in Kashmir centric political circles to make security forces a soft target but they don’t have courage and conviction to call a terrorist, terrorist.
Notably, the incident took place days before Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s scheduled to visit the valley. Rajnath Singh will be visiting the strife-torn valley to review the security situation. Reports claimed that this incident could deter the Modi government’s renewed efforts to reach out to Kashmiri youth after announcing the Ramzan relief.