3 fell to bullets, pellets consumed 2; barring 1, others were students
Srinagar, Sep 28:
The ongoing uprising has claimed five Amirs, hailing from various tehsils of South Kashmir. While three of them fell to bullets, two were consumed by pellets. Barring one, all others were students.
Twenty-two year Amir Bashir Khan s/o Bashir Ahmad Khan of Batpora (Verinag) of Anantnag (Islamabad) district was shot dead by the CRPF personnel during protests on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen Commander, Burhan Wani and his two associates got killed in an encounter in South Kashmir. Bashir, according to family forces was an employee in a private construction company.
Amir Nazir Latoo, 22, could not pursue his masters in commerce from Aligarh Muslim University. His father Nazir Ahmad Latoo told a team of visiting newsmen at his residence at Baba Mohallah, Bijbehara that the CRPF shot him in his chest on July 11 when he was registering protest against killing of Burhan and civilians.
“He succumbed during the night at SMHS hospital. The doctors operated upon him multiple times. Many people donated blood for him but he could not be saved,” family sources said.
A pal of gloom descended on Sedow village of Shopian district on August 8 when 17-year old Amir Bashir Lone succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS. He was injured on August 5 while CRPF personnel fired pellets at a rally in the village.
Dooru remained quite hot after killing of Burhan. People would come out to register protest on a daily basis. On August 16, when the people were protesting as usual army men opened fire killing Amir Yusuf Ganie s/o Muhamamd Yusuf Ganie of Naidpora (Larkipora) of Dooru tehsil. He was 15.
Muhammad Amir, 18, of Ratnipora, Pulwama’s Mir family sustained serious pellet injuries on August 24. The pellets were fired by a joint party of CRPF and Jammu Kashmir Police. Amir’s father Ghulam Muhammad Mir said his son later succumbed to his injuries.
Eyewitnesses said: “The villagers intended to hold a rally at Prichoo close to Pulwama town on that fateful day. However, the police and the CRPF blocked all roads to the venue and also dismantled the stage. The defiant people marched towards the venue. The forces fired smoke shells and pellets causing injuries to Amir. He was rushed to hospital but succumbed on the way. The doctors at SMHS declared him brought dead.”