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Joint resistance leadership has called for a shutdown tomorrow against the killing of a civilian in Batmaloo area of Srinagar.

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Youth namely sajad Hasaan killed after the government forces opened fire in SD colony area of Batmaloo this evening in Kashmir capital Srinagar.
| Sunday, April 16, 2017

KASHMIR
BSF kill youth in Batamaloo
The witnesses said that troopers in one of the vehicles fired into the youths, killing Sajjad. He was hit in the forehead and shifted to SMHS Hospital, where doctors declared him “brought dead”.
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar | Posted : Apr 16 2017 2:16AM | Updated: Apr 16 2017 2:19AM

Photo: Aman Farooq/GK
Border Security Force personnel shot dead a youth in Batamaloo area on Saturday evening, triggering a protest demonstration. The deceased, Sajjad Hussain Sheikh, 22, son of Ghulam Hassan, a resident of Dodbug Chundoosa area of Baramulla district was running a barbecue kiosk at Reck Chowk, Batamaloo, besides working in a hotel part time.
Eyewitness said that a group of youth was playing cricket at Reck Chowk at around 7 PM when three vehicles with BSF Insignia mark came from Alochi Bagh side and were asking for road to Batamaloo. The BSF vehicles, reports said, had apparently lost their way. The vehicle included a BSF mobile bunker. They said the youths booed when the vehicles passed by and a few of them also pelted the vehicles with stones.

The witnesses said that troopers in one of the vehicles fired into the youths, killing Sajjad. He was hit in the forehead and shifted to SMHS Hospital, where doctors declared him “brought dead”.
“He had received multiple bullets in the head and was brought dead here,” said Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital.
Sajjad, the residents said, had been living in a rented accommodation for the past 10 years in the area.
“After passing class 8th, Sajjad started his barbecue cart,” said Ghulam Rashool, an elderly man living in Batamaloo.
Soon after the incident, hundreds of people took to streets and demonstrated against the killing. Shopkeepers downed their shutters.
After more than an hour, the body of the youth was brought in an ambulance to Batamaloo from SMHS Hospital. The ambulance was followed by the hundreds of youth on motorbikes. They were chanting pro-azadi slogans.
Locals said that there was no deployment of police or Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the area at the time of the killing.
Muhammad Abdullah, a shopkeeper, said, “I fail to understand why they opened fire. Had there been stone pelting for long, the forces should have opened fire in air to disperse the youth who anyways were not more than 15 in number.”
POLICE VERSION
In a statement, police said they are looking into the circumstances leading to the killing of the youth.
“The District Police administration Srinagar has informed that there was no deployment in the area. The matter is being investigated,” said the statement.

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