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Youth killed in firing in Srinagar

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, March 13, 2013
First Published: 18:39 IST(13/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:26 IST(13/3/2013)

Hours after five CRPF men were killed in a major militant attack at Bemina on Wednesday, a young man, Altaf Ahmad Wani, was killed when paramilitary personnel allegedly opened fire after being attacked by a group of stone throwers in Srinagar.


The killing of 25-year-old Wani comes just eight days after a post-graduate student was shot dead allegedly by the army in north Kashmir during a protest.

Police and locals said Wani was hit by a bullet in the chest outside his home in the Zonimur area of Soura in the city. They added the incident took place when a group of youths hurled stones at a CRPF vehicle.

"Throwing a few stones by youths on a passing police vehicle is not unusual these days, but paramilitary men's response is inexplicable. Wani was far away from the place of stone throwing," an eyewitness of Soura incident told HT not wanting to be identified.

A police official said the CRPF personnel were travelling back from Soura hospital where many of their colleagues injured in a militant attack earlier at Bemina were undergoing treatment. He said the men were returning after donating blood for the injured.

"Their vehicle came under the attack of stone pelting by miscreants. This resulted in opening up of fire," the official said.  No CRPF official was ready to talk over the incident.

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