Police Personnel Dies After Losing Control Of Vehicle During Stone Pelting

Police Personnel Dies After Losing Control Of Vehicle During Stone Pelting

16 October 2013
The Economic Times
Masood Hussain

Srinagar: Even as all the Eid congregations concluded peacefully, a cop was killed in a north Kashmir village when he failed to control the vehicle while facing stone pelting. Police said a convoy carrying trainees from the police training school Sheeri in Baramulla were on way to Srinagar when a group of youth near Palhalan resorted to stone pelting. One of the drivers failed to control the vehicle that turned turtle as a result of which the driver K Singh died on spot. Four cops he was carrying were injured. They were hospitalized. Located on the main highway connecting Srinagar with north Kashmir, Palhalan turned restive after witnessing a series of killings in 2010 unrest. Four local militants who were killed this summer belonged to this village, the largest village of Kashmir. Police and security officials do believe that the civilian killings and Afzal Guru hanging were the key factors in fresh militant recruitments in this village. Off late, it exhibits tensions to a level that the police authorities keep it under curfew for half a month. This 'pressure cooker' situation leads to protests and sometimes serious law and order problems. Police say there was no reason for the Eid attack in the belt. After police driver's death, the security forces have barged into the village and beat the residents. Locals alleged that at least two youth were arrested. While the congregations passed off peacefully across Kashmir, a small protest was reported from Jamia Masjid after the prayers where a group of youth were seen carrying Osama bin Laden photograph and a number of visibly pro-Taliban posters. They shouted a few slogans and then disappeared with the crowd that was going home. Police did burst a number of tear smoke shells to ensure the protest does not surge into a bigger crowd. Prayers in the grand mosque were led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Unlike Mirwaiz, authorities did not permit Syed Ali Geelani to move out of his residence to offer the Eid prayers. Geelani, the hawkish of all the separatists is under house arrest for a long time now. Even JKLF leader Yasin Malik was prevented from Eid prayers in Srinagar's TRC grounds. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offered prayers at Dargah Hazratbal and after the prayers he was seen interacting with the people. His father Dr Farooq Abdullah, however, was not seen around and party workers said he is not doing well.