A teenager boy was shot dead on Saturday in Kulgam area of Kashmir’s Southern district – some 50 kilometers from Srinagar, when the paramilitary forces opened fire on anti-Israel protesters, sparking massive anti-India protests.
A police statement here said that it was an unfortunate that the incident of firing has taken place. The circumstances leading to the incident of firing are being inquired into. Police has registered an FIR in the Incident and matter is being probed.
Suhail Ahmad Lone, 15, son of Gulam Qadir Lone along with hundreds of local residents was protesting against the ongoing attack in Gaza that has killed more than 250 people. Eyewitnesses told The Kashmir Walla that Suhail was hit by a bullet in abdomen when clashes began between CRPF (Central Reserve Police Forces) and angry protesters.
Mohmmad Altaf, a local resident of Kulgam said that when the clashes began police and CRPF troopers swung into action and used unnecessarily teargas shelling, however when the situation turned tense they started firing. Suhail was hit near a petrol pump and he collapsed. “Suhail was taken to a nearby hospital in Janglat Mandi, Anantnag, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Suhail was a class 10 student, with an older sister, two brothers and father. Later clashes forced shopkeepers to down their shatters and all routes to Kulgam were blocked. The news of his killing brought hundreds of men, women and children on streets who took out a rally and shouted anti-India and pro-Azadi slogans.
Hundreds of people from nearby areas assembled outside Suhail’s residence to get the last glimpse of his face and dead body. Once the dead body arrived entire area roared with the slogans of azadi and pro-martyrdoom.
People carried his dead body on shoulders in the form of procession toward his ancestral graveyard where he was laid to rest.
Terming the death unfortunate, a local news agency quoted Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone Abdul Gani Lone saying, “We have taken a serious note of it and have taken up the investigation to ascertain the facts.”
Hurryiat Conference (G) along with Pro-freedom leader of Hurriyat Confrance (JK) has called for a complete shutdown in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district against the killing of the youth. “We urge people of Kulgam district to observe a complete shutdown,” the party said.
The killing was also condemned by CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yousf Tarigami and demanded a time-bound judicial probe into the incident to fix responsibility and punish the culprits to send a message that no one is above the law. “Impunity for the killings has to end, or else the consequences can be disastrous,” he said. (With inputs from CNS)