The death toll in the current unrest in Kashmir valley climbed to 110 with one more civilian succumbing to injuries in hospital after battling for life for one week. The police registered a case to book those persons responsible for his death.
The family of victim, identified as Ghulam Nabi Mir (55), a resident of south Kashmir’s Pampore area, alleged Mir was grievously beaten by the security forces on October 7 when he went to offer his evening prayers around 7 pm. The victim breathed his last on Thursday night at SKIMS hospital.
“My brother was a peaceful citizen. He was beaten to death by the men in uniform,” alleged Abdul Ahad, elder brother of the victim, a retired government teacher.
Ahad and his family demanded action against the joint party of police, CRPF and Army which allegedly hit the victim in the head.
Heeding to the complaint, a police spokesman said: “The family members had alleged that he was injured due to alleged beating up by some security force personnel. The police have registered a case in this regard bearing FIR number 177 of 2010 under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the RPC.”
The victim is survived by four daughters. It was after family members and local residents that the police was forced to file a case against the security force personnel.
Mir’s neighbor, Abdul Rashid, said the day the victim was thrashed, the Police, CRPF and Army were conducting raids. “Many other civilians were beaten by the police, but, he was unlucky as he was hit in the head,” said Rashid.
Kashmir witnessed a violent unrest since June 11 when a boy died in tear-smoke shelling by the police in downtown Srinagar.