Srinagar: A video showing a youth being run over by forces’ vehicle has gone viral on social media sites. The incident of civilian killing took place during clashes between youth and government forces in Safa Kadal area of Downtown Srinagar on Saturday.
Reports said that massive clashes erupted after gunfight broke out in Gasi Mohalla of Chattabal which ended with the killing of three militants.
A civilian who was critically injured after a forces’ vehicle ran over him at Safa Kadal was shifted to SMHS hospital where he succumbed, reports said. The deceased was identified as Adil Ahmad.
Earlier, a CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav said the youth was not hit by the CRPF vehicle.
Also, a statement from J&K Police read, “One person identified as Adil Ahmad Yadoo was brought to SMHS hospital whom doctors declared brought dead. Medical bulletin suggests that the person died due to a crush injury in a road traffic accident at Noorbagh. Citizens may not pay heed to rumours.”
However, on micro blogging website, police said: “Police has taken cognizance of the Noorbagh road accident incident of today. Necessary legal action involving the police vehicle has been [email protected]”.
Meanwhile, video of the incident which has gone viral across social media websites is contradictory to the police claim.
The video shot from a house shows a police vehicle knocking down a youth during clashes with the protesters.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing and directed the police to punish the guilty behind the death of the youth.
“The Chief Minister, taking strong note of the death of a youth at Noorbagh, Srinagar by a Police vehicle today has directed the Police to take legal cognizance of the incident and punish the guilty found involved in the incident,” an official spokesman said, in a statement today.
Mehbooba, according to the statement, said that nobody’s interests were served with the civilian killings. “…but we are plunging the State into uncertainty and chaos.”
The need of the hour, the Chief Minister reiterated, is to get Jammu & Kashmir out of the vortex of violence for which she asked all shades of opinion to rise to the occasion.