Panic gripped in Palapora area of Noor Bagh Sinagar when rumour about the death of an 18 year old youth Jan Mohammad Khandey spread in the area. Hundreds of people came on roads and staged a massive protest against the Government Forces. Youth resorted to stone pelting on the deployed police and CRPF personnel and during the intermittent clashes, several people including policemen received injuries. In order to diffuse the situation curfew was imposed in Noor Bagh and its adjacent area.
Locals alleged that police had gone berserk and pushed down a youth from the terrace of one storey house on Friday after a stone pelting incident. The youth was immediately shifted to SKIMS where his condition was said to be critical.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that after the stone pelting incident at Palapora, Pamposh Colony, Government Forces chased a group of youth who fled from the spot. “Police personnel caught hold of Jan Mohammad Khandey son of Abdul Satar Khandey and took along him. They interrogated him on the terrace of a house and kicked him down mercilessly,” he said.
Locals said that Jam Mohammad was extracting sand from the river as he was working as a labour for his cousin who plies a tipper. The family of Jan Mohammad alleged it was done by a police officer. “It is Chowki Officer Palapora who is responsible for all this,” her wailing mother told CNS.
Jam Mohammad Khandey, the injured youth told CNS on record that he was pushed down by Chowki Officer Abdul Rashid from the terrace of a house. “CRPF personnel did nothing but it was Chowki Officer Abdul Rashi who along with other policeman thrashed me mercilessly and pushed me down from the terrace. I can’t move as my spinal cord has got damaged. I was not part of a protest but was extracting sand from the river,” he said.
A police official told CNS that police has nothing to do with this incident. “The youth might have slipped incidentally from the roof of the house,” he said.