Gowhar’s Killing: Protest in Frames

This past weekend, when Kashmir was caged to host the high-profile visit of PM Narendra Modi, a shocker came from the Zainakote in Srinagar city outskirts, just before the dusk. What was earlier thought as tear-gas killing was later contested by the parents of 22-year-old Gowhar Nazir Dar, an engineering student of SSM College, who said, “he was shot dead.” KL Compiles certain pictures depicting the rage, protest and grief over Gawhar’s killing

SSM College Protest

Sir Syed Memorial (SSM) College of Engineering and Technology Parihaspora, announced a Scholarship in the name of Gowhar Nazir Dar who was its final year Computer Engineering student. The scholarship will be given every year to an orphan on the date when Gowhar was killed. The college mates of Gowhar held a protest demonstration against his killing and tried to reach his home on Tuesday but forces lobbed tear gas shells thus preventing any solidarity march.

Protesters block raod in Rajouri Kadal.

On Monday, a day after shutdown against Gowhar’s killing, the restive Old Srinagar simmered in rage. A group of youth turned up and enforced a civil shutdown against the fresh killing.

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Students at the highest seat of learning in valley, University of Kashmir, marched across varsity campus protesting against the high handedness of the forces. Raising heavy pro-freedom slogans, a few students talked about “transition of struggle of rights to next generation”. They held a sit-in outside Humanities Block for over three hours before dispersing peacefully.

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Gowhar Nazir Dar, 22, studied Computer engineering and was supposed to pass out from SSM College early next year. He had promised his family to move out of J&K to help them, financially. His college mates, abandoned classes on Tuesday, protested his killing.

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The day – November 07 – PM Narendra Modi visited Kashmir and announced an economic package in fortified SK Stadium in Srinagar. Hurriyat patriarch, Syed Ali Geelani, had called for a counter ‘Srinagar Million March’ on the same day, however, authorities detained around 2000 people to thwart such march. Barely hours after PM flew to Union capital, Gowhar was dead in forces action. Police said that youth indulged in stone pelting which was responded with tear gas shelling in which Gowhar died. The family of Gohwar has an averse version. “He was killed by a bullet,” his relatives said, “it was a target killing.”

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The day following Gowhar’s death witnessed a complete shutdown against the killing.

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