CRPF trooper ‘attacks’ boy in Habakadal
Locals stage protest, demand removal of bunker
Srinagar: A massive protest erupted in Habakadal area of Srinagar city after a boy sustained critical injuries when a CRPF trooper alleged hurled a stone on him while he was crossing a bridge.
Eyewitnesses said that a 15 year old boy whom they identified as Muhammad YounisFaffu son of Bashir Ahmed, a resident of Habakadal was crossing the bridge in the area when a trooper without any provocation hurled a stone on him from his Bunkar cum CRFP camp.
The boy sustained injuries and was immediately shifted to SMHS Hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. The victim has received head injury.
The incident sparked shutdown and protest in the area while the locals demanded removal of the bunker saying that it is a nuisance for them.
“CRPF personnel try to provoke people on daily basis. Today’s incident is a glaring example how these troopers want to create disturbance in the area,” the locals said and raised high pitched pro-freedom slogans.
Shortly after the incident, a team led by senior police officer rushed to spot and pacified the protesters. They assured protesters that they will take up the matter with the authorities.
However, CRPF spokesman in Srinagar, Sanjay Sharma while terming the incident as unfortunate said that a group of five to six youth started pelting stones at the bunker and while chasing them away, a youth slipped and fell down. “This is the factual story,” he said.
A doctor at SMHS hospital treating Younis had said the youth has sustained head injury and there is a fracture in his head bone besides a clot. “We are sure that he will make it hopefully,” the doctor said.
However, the boy was later shifted to SKIMS for advanced treatment.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, DrFarooq Jan said that parietal bone of youth has got fractured and the bone fragment has sneaked into the skull, leading to contusions.
He also said that CT scan of the patient will be repeated to ascertain the damage. He however maintained that they are monitoring his condition as of now.