1 More Killed In Shopian, CRPF Denies Firing

1 More Killed In Shopian, CRPF Denies Firing

11 September 2013
The Indian Express


Srinagar: The CRPF allegedly shot a driver as curfew was relaxed in Shopian after four days on Wednesday, triggering more protests. Villagers said Sumo driver Rafiq Ahmed Rather was killed and two people injured in unprovoked firing near Gagran camp. They said Rather was walking along a road when he was hit in the back. 'As the curfew was lifted, protests erupted in the town. But CRPF men opened fire after the protests had subsided. It was unprovoked and targeted fire,' said Syed Inam of Shopian. Zahoor Ahmad, a doctor at the Shopian hospital where Rather was taken, said he was brought dead. 'There were two bullets in his upper back.' As news of Rather's death spread, a large number of people took to the streets in protest. They marched towards the Gagran camp with his body raising slogans against the CRPF and demanding immediate removal of the camp. This prompted police to re-impose curfew. Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani called a shutdown Thursday and urged people to protest the killing Friday. However, CRPF spokesperson in Srinagar Kishore Prasad denied the killing. 'I confirmed with the commanding officer of the Gagran camp. He told me there was no firing in the area. It is a rumour,' he said. Four people were killed near the camp by CRPF personnel on September 7. CRPF claimed the four were fidayeen (suicide bombers) but police said three of them were civilians. Meanwhile, police detained Mehbooba Mufti, president of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while she was going to Shopian. 'She was on her way to Shopian to meet families of youth killed in the CRPF firing on Saturday when she was taken into custody by police at Pulwama,' PDP chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said.