Srinagar: Gowhar Ahmed Rather, 22, who was shot at during a protest in Kangan on Monday succumbed to his injuries at the SKIMS, Soura, on Tuesday.
During the protests that erupted in Kangan town against his killing today, three youths were injured, one of them critically.
Gowhar battled for his life for about 20 hours at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
SKIMS medical superintendent Dr Farooq Jan said Gowhar died of brain injury.
“There was a firearm injury to his head. We recovered a metallic foreign body that had caused trauma,” Dr Jan said.
Dr Jan, however, refused to comment on the specifics of the “metallic foreign body”.
Gowhar’s cousin Showkat Ahmed told Greater Kashmir that “he was shot at in front of our eyes by the police”.
“After he fell they dragged him on the road. The policemen involved should be booked and punished,” he said.
Gowhar was a class 12 student and worked as a salesman at a garments shop in Ganderbal.
The police said on Monday that when government forces were chasing protesters, Gowhar fell into a drain and suffered head injuries during the fall.
Ganderbal district magistrate Piyush Singla said he has ordered a magisterial inquiry into Gowhar’s killing. Local legislator Mian Altaf called police action “unwarranted and unfortunate” and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.
As the news of Gowhar’s his eath was out, tens of hundreds of people hit streets in Kangan and shouted pro-freedom and anti-government and anti-police slogans. The police fired into the protesters, injuring 22-year old Muhammad Amir Lone from Chatragul. He was referred to SKIMS in critical condition.
“He has firearm injury in his head causing depressed fracture and hematoma. He is being operated upon,” said medical superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan.
Abdul Rashid Khan, 19, from Kangan suffered pellet injury in his arm and was referred to Bone and Joint Hospital for treatment. Irfan, also from Kangan, has suffered pellet injuries in the head and eye.
The situation turned worse in the evening when the body Gowhar’s body was brought home.
The local residents refused to bury the body, saying until their demands were accepted, they won’t bury the deceased.
“We are demanding that the accused who fired at Gowhar should be immediately arrested, no youth should be arrested and a separate judicial probe should be ordered into the killings,” said an elderly man who is part of the group of locals who have raised the demands with the superintendent of police concerned and the district administration.
Gowhar’s body has been kept in the compound of the Jamia Mosque, Kangan.
“The talks are going on. We will not bury him till all our demands are accepted,” the elderly man said.
A police official said that 10 policemen were also injured in the clashes and were admitted to local hospital for treatment.