Emergency like situation on Srinagar’s ‘VIP Airport road’
DAY OF MAYHEM
Srinagar, Sept 13: Cries on one end of the wide road, heavily armed troops firing gun shots on the other, and some vehicles burning in between.
This was scene on the Airport Road stretch near Humhama, the locality which witnessed a bloodbath Monday morning.
By afternoon, at-least three of the many wounded in firing allegedly by police and paramilitary forces were being laid to rest at Humhama graveyard.
But people from adjoining areas like Narkara, Hyderpora, Nadirgund and Pirbagh couldn’t make it to the funeral processions as CRPF, police and its SOG personnel’s prevented any civilian movement on the VIP road.
Aerial firing was the only response the people of these areas could get from the troops as the former begged for participation in the funeral processions.
Nobody from this end of the road was allowed to walk a half mile to reach the mourning end.
Expect for two vehicles burning on the road, one couldn’t see anything other than troops there.
This reporter made several attempts the walk the Airport Road. But every time the troops didn’t acknowledge the curfew pass.
The area had been peaceful till morning when personnel from paramilitary BSF allegedly opened fire on people protesting the reported desecration of Holy Quran in America.
But by the time the JK government condemned the US incident, Humhama was mourning its dead: 22 year old Nissar Ahmed Kuchay, 55 year old Ghulam Rasool Dar and Abdul Gafar.
A few minutes after the firing started there, a woman caller in a SOS to Greater Kashmir had this to reveal.
“Three bullet injuries are lying in our house and they (troops) aren’t allowing us to take them to hospital. Please help us or they will die,” the woman said and broke down.
Greater Kashmir forwarded the SOS to an official working with Disaster Management cell at the office of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
He responded that three bullet hit have already been rushed to SMHS hospital.
“About the rest, we contacted the woman complainant but she said those of the wounded lying at her residence don’t need any hospitalization,” the official said.
But by the time the phone call ended, more of gunshots could be heard from Humhama. Some more were wounded.
People from neighborhood localities again tried reaching there but in vain.
Humhama, which is close to the Srinagar International Airport Road, was literally inaccessible for every civilian. While those towards the Hyderpora end were denied movement for mourning, same was true for passengers stuck at the Airport whose flights got cancelled.
Till late at night scores of passengers remained held up at the Airport as Humhama was kept out of bounds for all those who wanted to tread the road, for mourning, or traveling back to their homes.
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