Irfan Ahmad Ganai, a Class 12 student, was first beaten up. “He (Ganai) was hit with a baton. Then the army men pumped bullets into his body,” alleged Ganai’s father.
After local villagers started protesting between 6 and 7 am, army men again opened fire to disperse the protestors, killing Irshad Ahmad Dar, 28.
The killings triggered further protests, in which five policemen were injured and an ambulance was damaged. The authorities had to stop the movement of the Amarnath pilgrims on the Bandipora-Sonamarg road.
“An FIR (for murder) has been lodged. No inquiry is required since the army opened fire,” said Bandipora deputy commissioner Muhammad Yousuf Zargar.