‘Umar is not a militant’
Srinagar, Feb 8, KNT: The identity of a man injured in a gun battle between militants and government forces in Kashmir capital Srinagar has became a subject of controversy as family continues to contradict the claims made by police that Umar Fayaz was a militant.
The family members and relatives of Umar Fayaz emerged in Press Enclave Srinagar and staged a protest demanding immediate removal of police cover around him in the hospital.
Two militants and a CRPF constable were killed in the gun battle, which took place in the outskirts of Srinagar near Lawaypora on the morning of February 5. The youth Umar Fayaz, a shopkeeper by forte was injured and hospitalized. Police claimed that Umar belonged to the lesser-known Jammu Kashmir Islamic State (JKIS), however, his family said he was just a shopkeeper.
The family members, relatives and neighbours who appeared in Press Enclave Srinagar vouched for the innocence of Umar Fayaz. Refuting police’s claim, Fayaz’s family told Kashmir News Trust that he was shot by security forces outside his shop.
“I was at home and Umar was at his shop. He came inside my home bleeding. He had a bullet wound in the back and told us that he had been shot,” said Hamida Bano, Fayaz’s aunt. “My son, our neighbour and I took him to hospital. We were even stopped at a checkpoint in Shaltang area for around half-an-hour. Umar would have succumbed in the car, but fortunately we reached the hospital on time,” she added.
His brother Adil said that they are not allowed to meet Umar in the hospital where police remain present round the clock. “Police claim really shocked us. We own two shops, one at Lawaypora where Umar sustained bullet injuries and another in Batamaloo. He was sitting at his shop when bullet pierced into his chest. We want police to investigate the matter quickly and allow us to meet him. He is critical in the hospital and it pains us to see that nobody is being allowed to meet him,” he adding that Umar is not a militant and has no militant links.(KNT)