Srinagar, July 21: One stone-pelter was killed in police firing in Jammu & Kashmir’s Budgam on Friday. The incident was reported from Beerwah area in the district, where a group of miscreants reportedly began pelting stones on the vehicles of 53 Rashtriya Rifles of the the Army. In the retaliatory action by the security forces, the 18-year-old stone pelter was fatally injured.
The deceased, later identified as Tanveer Ahmad Wani, was part of the protesting mob which had gathered in Beerwah following the congregational prayers, a police official said. After he was injured in the gunfire, Tanveer was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries, the official added.
Defending the use of gunfire, the police said it was necessary to chase away the stone-pelters who charged aggressively at the security forces. ALSO READ: Farooq Abdullah Calls For Third Party Intervention to Solve Kashmir Issue, Sparks Political Row
The death of Tanvir is expected to escalate the tensions prevailing in Budgam and adjoining districts of South Kashmir.
The All-Parties Hurriyat Conference has condemned the teenager’s killing, calling it an act of aggression by the security forces. The resistance leadership is likely to launch protest in Budgam to mark their dissent, local reports claimed.
Unrest in South Kashmir
Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, during a recent conversation with PTI, said not all parts of Kashmir but only a few districts in South are gripped under unrest. The region include Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, Anantnag and Srinagar. Tensions in the above districts were reignited following the bypoll in Srinagar in April. The separatist forces called for absolute boycott of the election. On the day of polls, massive violence and arson compelled the security forces to launch retaliatory attack, which led to the death of few agitators.
The death of civilians in the protest led to a fresh protest calendar being issued by Hurriyat, which led to the return of routine stone-pelting in the southern parts of the Valley.