Netizen 24 IND: Driver was trying to avoid being lynched, says CRPF after vehicle runs over 2 during protests in Srinagar

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Driver was trying to avoid being lynched, says CRPF after vehicle runs over 2 during protests in Srinagar

Driver was trying to avoid being lynched, says CRPF after vehicle runs over 2 during protests in Srinagar

CRPF PRO Sanjay Sharma said while the driver tried to get out of the situation, somebody “might have come under the vehicle”.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2018 10:27 IST Mir Ehsan Mir Ehsan
Hindustan Times, Srinagar After Friday prayers at the mosque, scores of protesters clashed with police and surrounded a CRPF vehicle and pelted stones at it. After Friday prayers at the mosque, scores of protesters clashed with police and surrounded a CRPF vehicle and pelted stones at it. (PTI File Photo/ Image for representative purpose only)

Two youths were injured â€" one of them critically â€" after being driven over by a CRPF vehicle which came under attack from a group of stone-pelters near Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Friday.

After Friday prayers at the mosque, scores of protesters shouting anti-India slogans clashed with police and surrounded a CRPF vehicle and pelted stones at it.

CRPF PRO Sanjay Sharma said the vehicle was carrying second-in-command of 28 Battalion, SS Yadav.

“They (protesters) came very close, some of them even climbed on the vehicle. The protesters were trying to lynch people inside the vehicle and the driver was trying to get out of the situation,” he said.

Sharma said that while trying to get out of the situation, somebody “might have come under the vehicle”.

Two youths Yonis Ahmad and Kaiser Ahmad were hit by the CRPF vehicle. The injured youths were admitted to the hospital where doctors have declared their condition serious.

Medical superintendent, SKIMS, Farooq Jan said the condition of one was “very critical” and “is on life support”.

Images and a video of the incident have gone viral on social media.

Former state chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condemn the incident.

“Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps & paraded them around villages to deter protestors. Now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP @MehboobaMufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns, so use jeeps?” he tweeted along with a picture of youth crushed under CRPF vehicle.

CRPF PRO Sharma said their personnel “didn’t fire a single bullet or a pellet despite the grave situation”.

Last week, after F riday prayers, the police used pellets to quell protesters. Some tear gas shells landed inside the mosque. More than 20 people were injured in the incident.

Later, the Auquaf Committee and Traders Federation of Jamia reached an agreement with the police that there will be no security deployment in the mosque and volunteers will look after the security and discourage stone pelting after prayers.

However, despite the agreement, protests took place outside the Jamia Masjid and its neighbouring areas after prayers ended on Friday.

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