Naidkhai Incident: Slain teenager booked for ‘attempt to murder’


SRINAGAR: A teenage boy who was killed in police firing last week in North Kashmir’s Naidkhai area, along with four Hurriyat Conference activists, have been booked for attempt to murder, sources said on Saturday.

Police had said that a group of youth had attacked a police vehicle on March 14 and they had fired in air in self defense. Farhat Ahmad Dar, 18, had received a bullet in his chest, during the protest and had died while on way to hospital.

Farhat’s killing sparked weeklong protests forcing authorities to clamp curfew in entire north Kashmir and parts of Srinaar for several days.

Police on Saturday booked Farhat and four Hurriyat Conference activists for attempt to murder in north Kashmir’s Bandipore district.

Official sources said that on March 14, last week, the personals of Indian Reserve Police (IRP) of 8th Battalion fired upon a group of protesters who tried to set ablaze their vehicle in Main Chowk Naidkhai. The FIR mentions that Dar was a part of the mob that tried to set ablaze a police vehicle.

In the firing incident, Farhat was killed while three others had sustained injuries.

After the incident, police then lodged an open FIR 61/2014 under section 307 (attempt to murder) RPC and District administration ordered probe and had appointed Additional District Magistrate as enquiry officer.

“During the investigations, police booked Farhat and four Muslim League activists in the FIR for creating Law and Order problem after it was revealed that a group of Hurriyat protesters was found involved in all the mess,” a police official involved in the probe said.

He identified the booked activists as Showkat Hakeem of Rakh Hajin, Assadullah Parray of Hajin, Mehraj-ud-Din Nanda of Hajan, Sajad Ahmad Nawoo of Naidkhai both activists of Muslim League – which is a constituent of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. .

The official said that on the very first of the incident an open FIR had been lodged in the incident and subsequently the charges under section 307, 148, 149, 152, 336 and 427 RPC have been registered against the ML activists. gns

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