Day-long protests, clashes in Bemina
BEMINA, IHK—Massive protests and clashes rocked Bemina area of Srinagar on Tuesday against killing of a youth—who police and government claimed was a militant—in a shootout on SrinagarJammu highway on Wednesday. The slain youth’s family accused police of deliberately denying them the body of their son.
Witnesses said Ibrahim Colony at Bemina—the native place of slain youth Tanvir Sultan—witnessed massive clashes between youth and police since early Tuesday morning. The clashes escalated after police denied handing over Tanvir’s body even till 8:30 pm.
According to family members of Tanvir, police fired dozens of tear-gas shells at the protesting youths and also at the house of the slain youth. What triggered anger among the youth was continued denial of Tanvir’s body by police to his family for the last rites.
“We met the concerned Superintendent of Police and sought information as to why the body of Tanvir is not being handed over to us. He said the vehicle carrying the body is yet to reach the Jawhar Tunnel. He said the same thing in the afternoon. We smell a rat in his claims,” said Tanvir’s brother, Arshid Sultan.
Earlier, angered over the delay, Chairman of local Coordination Committee Muhammad Shafi Shah said if police doesn’t hand over the body till ‘Iftaar’, they won’t lay it to rest.
As per reports, the area remained tense as the youth had placed big rocks in the middle of house where mourners had gathered. Meanwhile, Tanvir’s brother Arshid Sultan said the decision of the Coordination Committee stands. “Police wants us to offer funeral prayers silently which is unacceptable his body. We won’t bury him in presence of just 20 odd people.”
Arshid said they want to lay Tanvir to rest at Martyrs’ Graveyard at Batmaloo where one of their brothers is already buried.