Kashmir youth killed in security force firing, probe ordered

Srinagar, March 14: A youth was killed in firing by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district Friday after a clash with protesters, police said. The incident created more tension in the area, while authorities have ordered a probe.

The youth, identified as Farhat Ahmad Dar, was killed when an agitating mob tried to torch a police vehicle that was trying to chase away protesters in Naidkhai area of Bandipora during stone pelting during protests after the Friday prayers.

Although police said its personnel fired in the air, witnesses said the youth had been hit by a police bullet. Locals also said the slain youth was been a student.

Police said Dar was immediately taken to Pattan hospital for treatment, but he succumbed en route.

Tension has gripped the entire area after the death of the youth as more protests erupted in the area after the incident.

The Bandipora district magistrate ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

“A time-bound magisterial probe has been ordered by district magistrate into the death of Farhat Ahmad Dar, son of Gulam Rasool Dar, resident of Shahgund Naidkhai, in a firing incident today (Friday),” a senior state government official said here.

The officer also said an FIR is being lodged into the incident by police.

Senior civil and police officers have rushed to the spot to maintain law and order and ascertain the exact facts leading to the youth’s death.

IANS