As the funeral procession of slain youth Tanvir Sultan, who was killed in Kud shootout on Monday evening, reached martyr’s graveyard in Magarbal Bagh, situation turned tense in Batamaloo and Bemina areas of Srinagar.
As per an eyewitness, “Huge continent of local forces has been deployed across Batamaloo area, where Tanvir will be buried in few minutes. His funeral prayers were offered twice at his present residence in Bemina.” Yesterday, Bemina witnessed protests amid clashes over the killing.
Another eyewitness added from Bemina, “Police have sealed main roads with concertina wires across the road at Bemina bypass and diverted traffic towards the highway.”
But police sources refute that the situation is tense anywhere. “Bemina is normal. Batamaloo is also normal but for precautions we have done deployment,” said the officer.
On Tuesday, speaking on behalf of the state government Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjoora informed Lower House that a militant identified as Sheikh Tanvir Sultan was killed when he fired upon CRPF after they asked passengers to alight from the SRTC vehicle for frisking. The Minister said that a woman Mamta Devi was also killed in the shootout.
But his family is refuting government claims, saying that slain youth was innocent who had never been affiliated with any militant organization.
“Yes, one of our brothers Gowhar was a Hizb militant who attained martyrdom in 2003 but Tanvir was not a militant. He was going to Amritsar for medical check-up but was silenced forever by the so-called security forces of India,” Arshid Sultan, the brother of the slain youth Tanvir Sultan told reporters at his Bemina residence.
Pertinently, Centre Reserve Police Force and Jammu Kashmir Police on Monday claimed that it jointly shot dead a militant at Kud when according to them Tanvir fired upon government forces at Kud Udhampur.
Meanwhile situation is also tense in some parts of Jammu city where an ancient temple was allegedly desecrated by a “mentally disturbed” person.