Mohammad Abu Bakr
Danish Manzoor, who was killed by army on Wednesday morning, was laid to rest in Nadihal area of Baramulla district amid pro-freedom slogans.
Forces including Rashtriya Rifles personnel from 32 RR Trugpora army camp had entered Nadihal village beating local populace, damaging the private property.
“Danish was injured when army opened fire,” locals said, “two others were injured and the trio was rushed to Baramulla district hospital.”
Danish was a first year student studying Humanities at Baramulla Degree College.
The slain college-goer was eldest among his siblings, including a brother Aquib Manzoor studying in Class 9, and a sister. His father, Manzoor A Lone, is a labourer.
“He was on way to tuitions in Baramulla when army fired bullets on him,” locals said. “Danish was targeted when bullet hit him near BDO office Nadihal.”
Danish succumbed to his injuries in Baramulla hospital.
Hundreds of people reached Nadihal where pro-freedom protests erupted following the fresh killing.
Amid wails, tears, pro-freedom slogans, Danish was bid adieu and laid to rest.
At least six civilians were injured in Ladoora and Nadihal areas of Baramulla district this morning.
Locals of Nadihal alleged that the army personnel from the camp had been doing rounds of the area for last many days.
“The area is majorly associated with fruit business and army was pushing us to do business during day time,” the locals said.
“Because of the shutdown and curfew we would finish our work early morning, but army men disliked it and threatened us of dire consequences,” the locals alleged.
Interestingly, this morning, when traders reached Fruit Mandi Sopore for fruit business, army intercepted them.
“Start your work after 9 am,” the army personnel had directed the traders.
Reports said that after traders resented the move, protests erupted, and clashes ensued. At least five traders were injured by pellets.
“This is a fruit season and we would finish business from Mandi before 6 am in these days given the shutdown and curfew in Kashmir,” a trader said, “but today, army raided the Mandi.”
An army Casper was surrounded by protestors when police intervened and got it freed from them.