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Curbs on civilian movements in several parts of Srinagar

The state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) imposed curbs on civilian movements in several parts of Srinagar on Saturday, following the death of a youth allegedly in CRPF firing on Friday.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2009 20:59 IST
Rashid Ahmad

The state police has registered a case against the commandant of 161 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for Friday’s shootout in Nowhatta area of srinagar that killed a youth, Shahid Ahmad Ahangar.

Police sources, who did not wish to be named, said a First Information Report (no. 25/09) was lodged at the Nowhatta police station for opening fire on a group of youth without any provocation.

The protestors were demanding the release of some separatist leaders on Friday when the CRPF contingent allegedly opened fire, killing one and injuring two. The incident provoked violent protests in the city.

On Saturday, the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) imposed curbs on civilian movements in several parts of Srinagar. But the residents took out protests in the Rainawari area of the city.

The police and the CRPF men resorted to cane charge and fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors, who retaliated with stones and other projectiles.

The authorities imposed strict restrictions in Nowhatta, Gojwara, Bohri Kadal, Khanyar, Nowpora, Nawakadal, Safakadal, Kak Sarai and surrounding localities.

The uptown areas like Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Hari Singh High Street, Batamaloo, Karan Nagar, Maisumma, Gawkadal and Koker Bazar remained peaceful, but wore a deserted look.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the “unbridled use of force against innocent civilians” and alleged that “the troopers have been unleashing a reign of terror on Kashmiris and no one seems to be bothered”.