Nowhatta Protester Crushing: Police Registers Case, CRPF reacts

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SRINAGAR: Police have registered case in the crushing to death of an old city youth Kaisar Ahmad Bhat. Earlier the case was limited to the instance of injury but after one of three boys died in the hospital, it has to take care of the killing as well.

CRPF vehicle which hit two youtrh trying to flee from the spot.
KL Image by Mukhtar Zahoor

The case has been registered under section 304-A of RPC for causing the death due to “rash and negligent driving”. At the same time, the police have registered another case of murder against the stone pelters under section 307-RPC.

“We will seek the arrest of the driver,” a news portal Firstpost quoted SP Sajjad Ahmad saying. “We will carry out the formalities and collect the medico-legal documents of the boy and record statements. After the vehicle is identified and seized, the arrest will be made.”

Under the law, the police said, they let the driver go on personal assurance because it was just an injury. But since it has led to death, the driver will have to be arrested.

The images of Kaisar under the CRPF armoured vehicle has shocked the people across continents. Social websites were busy for two whole days in sharing and commenting on the images that some news photographers barely managed from the spot.

Kashmir Chamber has said that there was an understanding that the police will not be deployed in the area on Friday to prevent tensions but despite this the CRPF gypsy attempted moving through a crowd protesting against the desecration of the Jamia Majid.

Slain Bhat was an orphan living alongwith his two sisters with his aunt. He was slated to fly aboard for a job soon. The family is seeking murder charges against the personnel who were in the vehicle. The vhicle was carrying CRPF 28 Bn’s second in command and his four guards.

There is still one person, Mohammad Younis in the hospital who is being treated for various fractures.

But the CRPF has sharply reacted to the case. “There was no scope for the vehicle to even crawl,” the website quoted CRPF spokesman Sanjay Sharma saying. “Our officer and personnel managed to escape else they’d have been lynched.” He has said the officer was on way to check the deployments in the area. “Sharma further said that if the police arrest their driver, the CRPF would contest the charge,” the website reported.

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