Batmalu erupts over rumours of civilian death

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SRINAGAR: The death of a Batmalu resident at the hands of a policeman which later on proved just a rumour, Saturday sparked violent protestors bringing the Lalchowk-Batmaloo stretch to a complete standstill.  
Normal life was disrupted in Batamaloo area of Srinagar city when a group of people resorted to stone-pelting and enforced a shutdown in the area after a couple of cops allegedly beat up a motorist blue and black in full public view on Saturday.
Reports said that Nasrulla Mir, 38, son of Muhammad Razzaq of Bonipora Dharwani Batmaloo was stopped by traffic cops at Batamaloo and asked to produce documents of his vehicle.“During the checking, there was scuffle between cops and the youth. The cops thrashed the youth, resulting in injuries to him,” alleged locals.
A senior police official, however, said that the youth attacked Sub Inspector Traffic Faroq Ahmad. He said that the youth was taken to a hospital and that he didn’t suffer any physical injury. 
Police fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters who pelted stones on the police while shopkeepers downed their shutters.
According to a police official, a police sub-inspector had an argument with a civilian, a resident of Batmalu locality, over some issue which led to a brawl.
“While the police officer received injuries on his head, the civilian fainted during the scuffle,” the officer said. “Both were rushed to a nearby police hospital.”
The civilian, he said, was later shifted to SMHS hospital as a ‘precautionary measure’ and his condition is stated to be stable.
“As the civilian was being rushed to police hospital, some miscreants spread the rumour that he had died due to police beating,” the official said.
He said the local residents shut down their shops and started protesting against the police, blocking the traffic on the arterial road of the city.
The police fired several rounds of tear smoke shells and used batons to chase away the protesters to restore order in the area, he added.

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