Srinagar, September 08 : In occupied Kashmir, a survivor of the firing of Indian Central Reserve Police (CRPF) personnel in Shopian, yesterday, has said that the firing was unprovoked.
Four youth were martyred and one was critically injured when the CRPF troops fired on six youth riding two bikes in Gagran area of Shopian. The CRPF claimed that the killed youth were militants but the locals said that they were civilians killed in unprovoked firing.“The youth were riding on two motor bikes near the camp when CRPF persons intercepted them and fired indiscriminately on them,” locals told mediamen.According to KMS, Aadil Ahmad Wachkoo, a resident of Bona Bazaar, Shopian, who was injured in the firing and undergoing treatment at SMHS hospital in Srinagar said that the CRPF men fired on them without any provocation.
“There was shutdown in Shopian. There was no transport plying in the area. I had to appear in Islamic Studies paper of BA 1st year examination at Degree College Shopian. My childhood friend (Tawseef) promised to drop me at the college,” he said.
Adil said that they were on their way to the college when the CRPF men intercepted them and sought I-Card from them. “When we pulled out the I-Card, the CRPF fired on us,” he added.
The killings triggered massive protests in Shopian town and adjoining villages. Hundreds of people came out on streets amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian police resorted to teargas shelling and aerial firing to disperse the protestors. Dozens of people were injured in the police action.
Later, the puppet authorities deployed hundreds of troops and police personnel and imposed indefinite curfew in Shopian.