Curfew in Srinagar post midnight over protester's death
Posted on: 06:46 PM IST Mar 13, 2013
Srinagar: Authorities have decided to impose curfew in Srinagar district following the death of a youth in CRPF firing in Zoonimar area of the city. "Curfew will be imposed in Srinagar district after midnight," District Magistrate Srinagar Baseer Ahmad Khan said.
A youth was killed when CRPF personnel allegedly opened fire after coming under attack by a group of stone pelters in the Zoonimar area. The vehicle of CRPF personnel was on its way to SKIMS hospital, where the victims of Wednesday morning's Bemina terror attack are admitted, when it came under attack in Zoonimar area, sources said.
Altaf Hussain Wani was hit by a bullet in the chest when CRPF personnel allegedly opened fire to clear a road of stone pelters in interior city en route to SKIMS hospital, they said. Wani was rushed to SKIMS hospital in a critical condition and succumbed soon after.
"Wani succumbed to injuries," Medical Superintendent of SKIMS hospital Dr Aijaz Ahmad said. The sources said the CRPF personnel were heading for SKIMS hospital to donate blood for their colleagues injured in the terror attack.
Two militants and five CRPF jawans were killed and 11 others seven CRPF personnel and four civilians were injured in the suicide attack on their camp at around 10:45 am. The CRPF vehicle came under attack by a group of stone-pelting youth during separatist sponsored general strike in support of their demand for the return of mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru and JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.
While Guru was hanged on February 9, Bhat was sent to gallows on February 11, 1984. According to the sources the situation in the interior city was tense as more protesters poured on the roads after hearing about the death of Wani. Reinforcements have been rushed to the sensitive localities to maintain law and order, the sources said.