Poll Day Killings: Police registers over 30 FIRs

Poll Day Killings: Police registers over 30 FIRs

On Sunday, eight youth died in firing by the government forces personnel, however, “one among them died due to pellet injuries,” sources said.

Police have registered over 30 FIRs against central forces in connection with the killing of eight youth in central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts on the polling day in Srinagar parliamentary constituency on Sunday, official sources told Greater Kashmir.

They said: “All the seven youth who were shot dead by the forces on Sunday in Budgam and Ganderbal districts during the polling fell to bullets of additional companies of Border Security Forces (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) brought from other states for election duty. Police have registered over 30 FIR in this connection.”

On Sunday, eight youth died in firing by the government forces personnel, however, “one among them died due to pellet injuries,” sources said.

“In Budgam district, where six youth were shot dead and one died of pellet injuries, 80 additional companies of paramilitary forces were deployed for election duty. Among them 26 companies were from BSF and they had been brought from Jharkhand, Manipur and some other states. All these additional companies were deployed at polling booths,” sources said.

Police records state that “at 8.15 pm, BSF personnel opened fire on group of protestors at Srinagar-Barsoo road in Ganderbal district, killing Amir Farooq Ganie, of Barsoo on the spot. One more youth was also injured in firing.”

“We were battling intense stone-pelting in the area when a BSF party arrived at Barsoo Chowk after depositing EVMs and opened fire on the protestors,” said a police officer posted in Ganderbal district. 

“We were using teargas shells to disperse the protesters,” he said, adding: “We have registered FIR No 18 at Police Station Kher Bhawani and have penned down the sequence of events which led to the killing of a youth.” 

“BSF opened fire on protestors and killed the youth and injured another one,” reads the FIR. However, BSF battalion has not been mentioned in the FIR. 

“In the Ganderbal district, over one dozen BSF companies were deployed for poll duty,” the source added.

Sources said: “Killings in Budgam district started around 11 am. Faizan Fayaz Dar, 15, and Abass Jahangir, 22, both students were shot dead by BSF at Dalwan area where BSF had been deployed at four polling booths along with sections of police. The protestors pelted stones at polling booths from both sides. Police hurled teargas shells, but BSF directly opened fire leading to deaths.”

The BSF personnel deployed either in Budgam or Ganderbal were not equipped with riot-control equipments like shields, lathis, and teargas shells, sources claimed.

“In Ratsuna area of Budgam, where Nissar Ahmad Mir, 25, was shot dead, CRPF accompanied by police opened fire that led to the killing of Mir. CRPF was also part of additional deployment brought from outside the state,” the sources said.

“The additional forces deployed for election duty were not given proper training to handle the routine stone -pelting and law and order issues in Kashmir. Due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway, the additional forces remained stranded on the road for a few days. They arrived in Kashmir a day before the polls. The additional forces were straightway deployed at polling stations, even without a routine training capsule,” they said. 

An official said: “Tempers were running high in Budgam area for about over a week as three youth and a Hizbul-Mujhaideen militant were killed by the forces near an encounter site just a few days ago. Polling added fuel to the fire.”