Civilian injured in CRPF firing at Budshah Chowk

Massive protests in area; Malik, associates arrested; Police say probe on

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Sep 7: Paramilitary Central Reserve Police (CRPF) personnel Saturday evening opened fire on a private car in commercial hub of Lal Chowk here, leaving the driver critically injured. The incident triggered massive protests in the area while the JKLF chief, who was among the protesters, was arrested along with his associates.
Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh (30) son of Nazir Ahmad of Makdoom Mohalla Moochu Budgam received bullets in leg and abdomen after the personnel of 132 Battalion CRPF opened fire on Wagon-R car (JK01R- 5054) near Akara building Budshah Bridge, reports said.
Iqbal was accompanied by his mother and a relative girl. However the females had a close shave in the incident that triggered massive protests in the area.
Eyewitness said Iqbal’s vehicle had a minor collision with an ambassador car of Forest Department officer near UCO Bank at Budshah Chowk. However Iqbal, they said, did not stop the vehicle. “The CRPF personnel staying outside Akara building opened direct fire at the
vehicle, with bullets hitting Iqbal in leg and abdomen,” they said.
He was shifted to SMHS hospital where doctors are treating him.
“They opened fire without any provocation. I saw him in the pool of blood,” a woman, who was present at the incident site, told Greater Kashmir, adding that Iqbal was profusely bleeding when he was shifted to the hospital.
As soon as the word about the incident spread, hundreds of people took to streets and held strong protest demonstration. The protestors chanted pro-freedom and anti-government slogans.
The protestors fought pitched battles with police for quite some time and did not allow police to lift the vehicle of Iqbal.
Later JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik joined the protestors. He sat on a dharna for about two hours.  He was accompanied by Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, Faisal Ahmad and Mubarak Ahmad.
Later heavy contingents of police arrived on the spot. They burst tear smoke shells and arrested JKLF chairman with other leaders.
A JKLF spokesman said that dharna was held against the Budshah Chowk incident and Shopian firing.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Syed Aashiq Hussain Bukhari told Greater Kashmir that police is investigating the matter. “We have registered a case and investigations will make things clear,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 7 Sep 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 8 Sep 2013 00:00:00 IST




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