Police registers FIR; shutdown, curbs in Kupwara town
Hundreds attend funeral prayers of slain youth
The government Thursday ordered magisterial probe into the killing of a youth in army firing at Trehgam in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district while police has registered an FIR into the incident.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Khalid Jehangir ordered an inquiry into killing of Khalid Gafar (20) son of Abdul Gafar Malik, who was killed in army firing on Wednesday evening.
Additional deputy Commissioner, Handwara has been appointed as an inquiry officer of the investigation. He has been asked to submit a detailed inquiry report within a month.
Meanwhile, police station Trehgam has registered an FIR No. 46/ 2018 under section 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed on prosecution of common object), 323 (Punishment for voluntary causing hurt), 307 (attempt to murder), 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and began investigation into the incident.
“Police has taken cognizance of the incident and FIR has been registered. The information received regarding the incident has been taken into written record. Further, investigation is on,” SP Kupwara, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told Rising Kashmir.
Source said troops fired on youth after the convoy of 8 Bihar and 160 Territorial Army (TA), which was passing through the area, came under stone pelting last evening.
In the firing incident, locals said, bullet pierced through Khalid’s neck.
“Khalid was sitting on his shop while army patrol was pelted upon by youth. He was declared brought dead by doctors at district Hospital Kupwara,” they said.
Khalid was a shopkeeper by profession. His elder brother, Asif Ahmad works in Army and other two brothers are in J&K police.
Meanwhile, authorities imposed curfew in the township after clashes between forces and youth in the area.
A local resident told Rising Kashmir that large number of police and paramilitary CRPF men were deployed in the area and entry and exit points to the township were sealed.
The youth clashed with the force personnel, who fired tear smoke shells to disperse the stone pelting mob. The clashes continued for some time.
Clashes erupted after funeral prayers of the slain youth were offer at his native place.
Over three thousand people participated in the funeral prayers of Khalid at Eidgah, Trehgam. Later, Khalid’s body was laid to rest at the martyrs’ graveyard at Trehgam amidst chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Trehgam against youth’s killing.
All shops and business establishments in the township remained closed while traffic was off from roads.