Protests after CRPF men beat driver in Baltal


Srinagar, July 4: Police opened fire in air to disperse protests that erupted in Baltal area of Ganderbal district Thursday evening after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel allegedly beat a local driver.
The driver has been shifted to SKIMS in Srinagar while senior police officers rushed to the spot. Police sources said that Ghulam Nabi Lone of Barandugh Kangan, driver of Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK013-6858, was severely beaten by paramilitary CRPF men. Sources said that the driver fell unconscious.
Sources said as the word about the incident spread, people including laborers, pony vallas and traders took to streets and held protest demonstrations. Sources said the protestors burnt three makeshift tents.
The protestors also clashed with the forces and pelted stones on bunkers. The clashes were going on when this report was filed. The traders at Baltal told Greater Kashmir on phone that the harassment of locals by the CRPF has become routine and the paramilitary personnel beat the driver without any provocation.
An eyewitness told Greater Kashmir over telephone from Baltal that aerial firing by forces continued for quite some time. “They are not allowing us to move,” he said.
Soon after the incident, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ganderbal and Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal visited the spot to take stock of the situation.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Sarmad Hafiz told Greater Kashmir that situation is under control. “It a minor incident and things are returning to normal,” the DC said.
Inspector General of CRPF, Y S Yadav told Greater Kashmir that people have burnt three of their tents including a canteen. “Many CRPF men and policemen have been injured,” he said.
A police spokesman said: “In an altercation between a Sumo driver and security force personnel at Baltal, the sumo driver identified as Ghulam Nabi Lone of Kangan got injured. After this incident, some miscreants pelted stones on deployment over there. The situation was brought under control. The Sumo driver was shifted to hospital where he is stable.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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