Protests broke out in north Kashmir's Baramulla district late Saturday evening when a boy was drowned in a police chase of protesters near a bridge in the town. Till late evening, the authorities failed to find out the boy from the Jhelum river.
The incident bound to fuel more protests to the unabated unrest across the valley came at the day when Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah held meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to apprise them about the general security and law and order situation prevailing in the state. The chief minister also, an official spokesman said, informed the leadership in New Delhi about the steps afoot to bring about complete normalcy in the disturbed parts of the Valley.
The incident of drowning of the boy in Baramulla has already set off
protests in the town. Locals allege a police party engaged by protesters on the town's bridge threw a cordon of the bridge. Two young boys sitting on the railing of the bridge were chased by security forces and the two jumped into the river.
Though one boy was brought out alive, another boy, identified as Faizan Ahmad Guru, went missing. Police sources said the boy could not be traced till late in the evening. The incident happened around 6 pm in the Baramulla town, 65 km north of Srinagar.
The news of the boy's drowning spread like wild fire and the whole town was engulfed by protests. Till last reports came in, stone-pelting were on in the area. There is no official confirmation of the name or age of the boy. The police refused to divulge details saying "they are busy in maintaining law and order in the area".
More reinforcements have been sent to the town to control the situation.