Mysterious killing of a teenage boy turned Srinagar volatile again on Friday just as the Valley was settling down after a five-day-long spate of violence, protesting against the death of a 14-year-old boy.
Zahid Farooq (16), a student of Class X, was shot dead near his home at Brane Nishat on the banks of the Dal Lake.
Riyaz Ahmad, deputy medical superintendent of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, said, “He had a bullet injury in his chest. He was brought dead to the hospital.”
Eyewitnesses alleged that Zahid was killed by Border Security Force personnel.
But Srinagar Senior Superintendent of Police Javaid Reyaz Bedar said, “There was no gathering or protest in the area. We don’t know who fired on the youth .... We are trying to ascertain what happened.”
As the news of Zahid’s death spread, people came out on streets, staging protests. The police had to fire tear gas shells to control the mob.
Violence in Sopore
In north Kashmir’s Sopore, two persons, including a policeman, were killed when militants attacked a patrol party after Friday prayers.
Two militants fired on the Central Reserve Police Force’s seventh battalion. The police fired back but the militants managed to escape. Sopore SP Altaf Khan said, “One Head Constable and a cart-puller lost their lives in the firing.”