Clashes broke out in Old Srinagar areas on Monday when an 18-year-old youth, who was hit allegedly by forces' vehicle on November 2, succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura.
Forces fired in air and resorted to heavy tear gas shelling when the body of the slain youth was being taken to Martyrs' graveyard Eidgah for burial. The youth was identified as Rizwan Ahmed Mir son of Ghulam Hassan Mir of Baghwanpora, Noorbagh area of Old City.
"He was travelling home in a Maruti car along with his friend on November 2. They stopped their vehicle at Umarabad near HMT and stepped out to repair scooter of a person. My son had left studies after studying till class 8th. He knew the job of repairing vehicles. After repairing the scooter, a vehicle of forces hit Rizwan injuring him badly," said Ghulam Hassan amid sobs. "My son suffered serious head injuries. The incident had triggered clashes at Umarabad as forces hit him deliberately, " Hassan alleged. Rizwan was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of SKIMS, Soura. "Today morning, he succumbed," said Ghulam Hassan. Witnesses said that as the news of death of Rizwan reached Baghwanpora, hundreds of youth took to streets shouting pro-freedom slogans. Later, the body of Rizwan was taken to Martyr's graveyard in a procession.
Witnesses said that the forces stopped the funeral procession at various points including Waniyar, and Nopora areas of Safa Kadal. "Forces fired teargas canisters and resorted to aerial firing as well," the witnesses said.
They said the body was somehow taken to Eidgah where thousands of people offered his Nimaz-e-Jinaza. He was later laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans. Meanwhile, the family members of the slain youth, demanded action against the driver who hit Rizwan. "We believe Rizwan was deliberately targeted and hit by the forces' vehicle. The driver should be punished sternly," said a group of wailing women, including the mother of the slain youth.
Massive clashes erupted soon after Rizwan was laid to rest. Reports said that clashes broke out at Eidgah, Nopora, Sekidafar, Safa Kadal, Baghwanpora and Noorbagh areas. Forces fired scores of tear gas and pava shells to disperse the youth. The clashes later spilled over to other areas including Nawa Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Bemina and Cement Kadal areas. Reports said clashes were going on till late evening. Meanwhile, a police official said that the driver has already been arrested and investigations are on.