Death of CAPD driver: Massive protests in old Srinagar

Protests against the killing of Abdul Qayoom Wangnoo, a driver working with Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department rocked old Srinagar on Saturday even as family reiterated that he was killed by paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force.
Death of CAPD driver: Massive protests in old Srinagar
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Protests against the killing of Abdul Qayoom Wangnoo, a driver working with Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department rocked old Srinagar on Saturday even as family reiterated that he was killed by paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force.

Qayoom, who died of severe head injuries in SKIMS Friday evening, was laid to rest at martyrs' graveyard Eidgah amid pro-freedom slogans. Hundreds of people, which included women and children, participated in his funeral procession that started from Aali Kadal and ended at Eidgah.

The people demanded immediate arrest of CRPF personnel involved in the incident and an FIR against them. After the funeral, the people dispersed peacefully.

FAMILY VERSION:

Shabir Ahmad Wangnoo, Qayoom's brother, said that they recovered a wrist watch from Qayoom. "The watch has tricolor inscribed on its dial. That is with us," he said adding that Qayoom has snatched the watch while he was being beaten by CRPF men. "He never wore a watch."

Shabir said that Qayoom was beaten near Hyderpora flyover. "On Friday there was clampdown because of Geelani's press conference. He was beaten early in the morning by CRPF," he added.

He said that at around 9.30 a.m, he got a call from Barzulla hospital. "They told me Qayoom was injured. Before we reached there, he was referred to SKIMS," he said adding that in the evening Qayoom breathed his last. "The hospital authorities at Barzulla did not tell us who brought Qyoom to hospital."

Shabir alleged that police did not register FIR against CRPF. "We have given application but police has so far not registered case against CRPF," he added.

DOCTORS SPEAK:

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan, said Qayoom had severe head injury. "He was referred from Bone and Joint Hospital to our hospital. While treating him, he expired," Jan told Greater Kashmir. He said that doctors will be giving the opinion soon. "Opinion will be given by Neurosurgeon and that will take some time."

POLICE SPEAK:

Senior Superintendent of Police, Budgam, Abdul Waheed Shah said that investigations into the death have been set into motion. "We registered an open FIR and after doctors' opinion responsibility will be fixed," he said. He said that so far they are unable to ascertain who lifted Qayoom to hospital.

The SSP said that the family approached them. "But nobody has seen CRPF and police beating him," he said adding that they won't also buy the theory that Qayoom has died because of accident. "We checked and so far we couldn't trace the point where the accident has taken place," he added.

Waheed said that the family did not allow the postmortem of Qayoom. "Now responsibility will be fixed after doctors' opinion," he said adding that all angles of the case will be investigated. "I assure fair investigation and those found involved will be booked."

TRUCKERS UNION SEEK PROBE:

National Truckers Owner Union – conglomerate of truckers working on contract basis with CAPD, today went on strike demanding FIR in the killings.

President, NTOU, Muhammad Amin said: "Qayoom was killed in a cold-blooded murder by security forces when he was coming to CAPD headquarter for ferrying ration to Bemina area. He was not carrying any stone nor was protesting."

"He was a poor driver whose primary concern was to feed his family of five which includes wife, two daughters and a son," Amin said.

"We demand impartial probe into his killing and FIR against the forces so that action is initiated against the culprits," he said adding that they will continue the strike till action is not taken against the killers.

As per Qayoom, all the vehicles of the Union working in distributing CAPD's ration on contract basis have abandoned their work.

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