Youth Shot Dead, Tension in City

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SRINAGAR: A young man was shot dead by CRPF personnel after they reportedly were pelted with stones on Dr Ali Jan Road here this afternoon.

The CRPF personnel were returning from SKIMS hospital after visiting the injured colleagues their, when they reportedly met a road block near Zoonimar area, police said.

Local youth had erected roadbklocks to enforce strike called by separatists as part of their wekly calender to demand return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru and JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat from Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

CRPF has claimed that fire was opened for protection as hundreds of people had surrounded CRPF vehicle at Sydapora and resorted to heavy stone pelting.

Eyewitnesses however said that several CRPF personnel injured in Bemina shoot out were shifted to SKIMS for treatment. “One after the other CRPF vehicles passed from the road. Some boys were playing cricket at Zoonimar and few of them shouted at CRPF personnel while in return CRPF personnel fired on them in anger which resulted in the death of Altaf Hussain Wani.” One more youth was injured in CRPF firing.

Police sources said when CRPF personnel got down from the vehicle and began clearing the road block they were allegedly pelted with stones by youth gathered there. Irate personel opened fire and one Altaf Hussain was hit by a bullet in the chest. 

Wani was rushed to SKIMS hospital in a critical condition where her succumbed soon after.

“Wani succumbed to injuries,” Medical Superintendent of SKIMS hospital Dr Aijaz Ahmad said.

A huge procession later carried Wani from hospital to his home in Syedpura nearby.

Latest reports said police has fired tear gas on the procession to prevent it from marching to Eidgah martyrs cemetery for burial of Wani.

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