Funeral of Kasier Ahmed, youth who was mowed down by forces, tear gassed, dozens injured

Forces fired tear gas shells on the funeral of Kasier Ahmed, the youth was mowed down by the a speeding CRPF vehicle on Friday.

Thousands of people on Saturday took part in his last rites at Fateh Kadal chowk. Eye witnesses said that forces fired tear gas shells into the mourners at the chowk, injuring dozens of them.

Reports said the body was later loaded onto a truck and driven to Eidgah where thousands of people had already assembled to take part in last rites.

“Second round of funeral prayers was held there in which thousands participated,” said a mourner, adding that pro-freedom slogans were raised during the funeral.

He said that forces resorted to massive teargas shelling after Bhat was laid to rest, triggering intense clashes between the youth and the forces.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while reacting to the incident asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that is crushing protesters to death her new SOP.

The deceased youth is survived by two teenage sisters. The family was living with their aunt in Dalgate for the past four years after both his parents had died.

One of the other injured youth identified as Mohammad Younis, as per doctors, has polytrauma. “When we received him at SKIMS hospital, he is intubated. We are monitoring his condition but he is very critical,” said an official from the hospital.

According to a report in Greater Kashmir, CRPF spokesman in Srinagar Sanjay Sharma said a group of over 500 protesters surrounded the CRPF vehicle that was ferrying a senior officer. The officer, according to Sharma, was supposed to check the deployment in the area.

The incident comes days after civilian Adil Ahmed Yadoo was mowed down by a police armoured vehicle on May 5, during protests in Safa Kadal, Srinagar.

The images of the boys being overrun by the CRPF vehicle went viral on social media, evoking sharp reactions with many mocking at the ‘truce plan’ offered by the police.

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