Srinagar, June 2. A youth run over by a CRPF vehicle here a day ago succumbed to his injuries on Saturday prompting authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to suspended Internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts.
Kaiser Bhat was ploughed down by the Central Reserve Police Force vehicle in the old city area of Nowhatta during protests on Friday.
Bhat was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), here. He succumbed to critical internal injuries early on Saturday.
The death of the Srinagar man triggered sharp criticism from former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, tweeting if the government’s “ceasefire means no guns, so use jeeps”.
Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps & paraded them around villages to deter protestors now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP @MehboobaMufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps? https://t.co/42W6vGAPVi
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 1, 2018
Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said the National Conference leader’s tweet smacked of “the double standards of Kashmir centric politicians”.
“Security forces are soft targets for these politicians but they can’t speak against the militants as they can strike back,” the BJP MP from Udhampur said.
Nothing is more condemnable than attack on security forces.There has been a practice in Kashmir centric political circles to make security forces a soft target but they don't have courage & conviction to call a terrorist, terrorist: Jitendra Singh,MoS PMO on Omar Abdullah's tweet pic.twitter.com/xB1NaPowKF
— ANI (@ANI) June 2, 2018
He said the criticism of security forces who risk their lives protecting the country was “unfortunate”.
Internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said.
The speed of broadband internet connections has also been brought down to prevent uploading of provocative posts and pictures.
Rail services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla and the Bannihal town in Jammu region were suspended for the day.
Separatists have called for a general strike against civilian killings and desecration of the grave of Hizbul commander Sameer Tiger allegedly by the security forces.
While shops, other businesses remained closed and public transport remained off the roads at most places, three-wheelers and private transport was seen plying in the uptown and city outskirts.
Unidentified stone-pelters, CRPF driver booked
The police today booked unidentified stone-pelters for attempt to murder and rioting while charged the CRPF driver with rash driving in connection with yesterday’s clashes in the old city that led to death of a youth.
“Two cases have been registered in the Nowhatta incident,” a police official said.
He said an FIR was registered against unidentified persons under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (rioting), 149, 152, 336 and 427 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).
Another FIR was been registered against the CRPF driver under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 RPC, the official said.
He said further investigation is on.
Two youths were injured after they had allegedly been hit by a CRPF vehicle during clashes between protestors and security forces in Nowhatta area here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday.
The duo were taken to SKIMS hospital at Soura here where one of them—Kaiser Bhat—succumbed around midnight last night.