Claiming that the separatist leaders provoke the innocent youth for stone pelting, the Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar Tuesday regretting the killing of a Phalhalan youth in forces firing said that police has lodged an FIR in the case and whosoever is found guilty will be punished.
Talking to KNS the DGP said, “Loss of any life is unfortunate. I regret the loss of the innocent life of Palhalan youth. Police is ready to do whatever is possible for the slain youth’s family. I have ordered the police investigation into the killing and have asked investigating authorities to submit the report as soon as possible,” he said and added that the investigations have started.
He further said that the police will find all the circumstances that led to his killing. “The initial reports said that there was heavy attack from the huge mob over the police party deployed in the area but everything will be cleared and case will be thoroughly investigated,” he said.
Terming the separatists strike calls unlawful the DGP said, “The strike calls given by the separatist leaders are unlawful. They provoke the innocent youth for their political means and indulge them into the stone pelting. I appeal the youth that instead of pelting stones they should focus on their education and health,” he said.
Pertinently, on yesterday youth Farooq Ahmad Bhat was killed and two others were injured when police allegedly opened fire on a group of protesters who were protesting against nocturnal raids ahead of anniversary of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru at Palhalan in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Reports had said that a group of youth took to streets and protested against the nocturnal raids conducted by police in the area last night.
The protesters clashed with police and para-military CRPF forces in the area and police fired teargas shells and pellets to disperse protesters. As the situation turned volatile, police allegedly opened fire resulting in injuries to three persons Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Riyaz Ahmad Bhat and Zahid Ahmad Bhat.
The injured were removed to hospital where Farooq Ahmad Bhat, 23, son of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat of Baghat Mohalla Palhalan succumbed to injuries while two others are critical.