Omar Abdullah questions killing of Qaiser Bhat


JAMMU: National Conference working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday asked the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to explain if driving jeeps over protesters was the new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of her government.
“Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps & paraded them around villages to deter protestors now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP @MehboobaMufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps?” tweeted Omar Abdullah.
He was reacting to the pictures of youth being run over by a CRPF vehicle during protests in downtown Srinagar.Kaiser Ahmed, 21, was ploughed down by the Central Reserve Police Force vehicle in the old city area of Nowhatta during protests on Friday.
Ahmed was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), here. He succumbed to critical internal injuries early on Saturday. Later his burial took place in huge procession.
Qaiser Bhat, 21, died in hospital after being hit by a Central Reserve Paramilitary Force vehicle near the city’s Central Mosque on Friday during a demonstration against alleged police violence.
Meanwhile, Indian police fired tear gas and chilli spray grenades to disperse thousands of mourners taking part in a funeral procession for a youth who died on Saturday after being run over by an Indian paramilitary vehicle in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Srinagar and blocked internet services.
Friday’s incident happened during protests against alleged Indian police heavy-handedness in a raid during Ramazan on a city mosque they consider to be a hotbed of militants.
Security forces said the police were defending themselves from attack, but some local people said they deliberately drove into the crowd. Graphic images have been circulating on social media of the young man’s face as the paramilitary jeep drives over him.