‘Baroosa shuts on anniversary of civilian killed on poll day’
Ganderbal, April 10: Baroosa area in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district observed complete shutdown on Monday against the killing of a local youth by government forces on April 9 last year when Srinagar parliamentary constituency went for polls.
All the shops and other business establishments remained closed to mourn the killing.
Locals maintain that Umar Farooq Ganai (20) was shot dead by the Border Security Force without any provocation as the personnel fired on a group of boys standing at Baroosa highway.
“However a year has passed and the family has not got any justice, like in the thousands of killings by government forces in Kashmir in the last 30 years,” locals said.
“Despite no protests at the spot, the government forces fired straight at the group of boys standing near the Baroosa highway, leading to Umar’s death and injuries to others,” said the locals and family members of the slain youth.
Umar was the only breadwinner for his family.
Umar’s father Farooq Ahmed, a partially physically disabled person used to work as a laborer but could hardly manage to meet the two ends for his family.
“Then my son left studies in 8th standard. He used to drive a truck and also worked as a laborer to feed our family,” Farooq Ahmed told Greater Kashmir.
“He took family responsibility at young age and left studies,” he said.
He said on the fateful day, at about 6:30 p.m Umar left his house to see his two sisters who had gone in a nearby field to fetch some grass. “Barely some meters away near Baroosa bypass, the Border Security Force men passing through the area in a vehicle without any provocation fired directly towards a group of boys standing there, killing Umar and injuring others,” Farooq said.
“He was not part of any protests neither was carrying any gun. My son was killed for no fault of his.”
“There is not a single incident of stone pelting or any protest that Umar has been involved in,” he said, adding that there was total boycott of polling in the area.
The family has sought a probe into the killing and stringent action against the guilty personnel.
“Though a year has passed we haven’t got any help from government nor we know anything about the probe,” Farooq Ahmed said.
An FIR stands registered in police station Khirbawani into the killing.