Police registers twin FIR’s
Srinagar, June 2: Thousands of people on Saturday participated in the last rites of Srinagar youth Kaisar Bhat who was run over by a CRPF vehicle during protests in Nowhatta after Friday congregational prayers.
Witnesses said that thousands of people took part in the funeral prayers of Kaisar Bhat at Fateh Kadal chowk. The mourners who raised anti-India and pro-Islam slogans clashed with government forces who had been deployed to maintain law and order.
Forces according to eyewitnesses fired tear gas into the mourners at the chowk, injuring dozens of them.
Reports said the body was later loaded onto a truck and driven to Eidgah where thousands of people had already assembled to take part in last rites. “Second round of funeral prayers was held there in which thousands participated,” said a mourner, adding that pro-freedom slogans were raised during the funeral.
He said that Forces resorted to massive teargas shelling after Bhat was laid to rest, triggering intense clashes between the youth and the Forces.
Kaiser Bhat, 21, was mowed down by the Central Reserve Police Force vehicle in the old city area of Nowhatta during protests on Friday.
He was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) where he succumbed to critical internal injuries early on Saturday.
Internet services in two districts of Central Kashmir including Srinagar and Budgam have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case of rash-driving against the CRPF for mowing down the said youth. A case of rioting has also been registered against the protesters.
A top official said that police has taken cognizance of the incident.
“We have lodged two cases with regard to the incidents and further investigations have been taken up,” he said.
The cases include— FIR No 18/2018 u/s 307,148,149,152,336,427 RPC and FIR No 19/2018 U/s 279 (rash driving), 337 RPC.