In a second incident of its kind, Srinagar resident Shafiq Ahmad Sheikh (45) died on Friday after being hit on the head during a stone-pelting agitation by Kashmir separatists.
The agitation was in support of a protest call by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani against “growing human rights abuses” by the security forces.
“The ultimate responsibility (for the death) lies on the separatists because they had given the call for protest,” said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Around 10 am, Sheikh, an employee with the State Board of School Education, was going to office by minibus. “Some boys threw stones at the vehicle he was travelling in. A stone hit Sheikh, who later succumbed to his injuries …(As such) there was no law and order problem in the area,” said IGP (Kashmir) Farooq Ahmad.
A case of murder has been lodged against the attackers.
Opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti said, “This macabre incident once again underlines the grave crisis the state is facing and the anarchy the present government has caused.”
In February, a 10-day-old boy was killed when stones were hurled at a bus in Baramulla, 50 km north of Srinagar.