Handwara incident: Police files 30 FIRs, 28 against protesters

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Handwara incident: Police files 30 FIRs, 28 against protesters

Two separate cases also filed against youngsters killed at Natnussa, Drugmulla

Srinagar, May 1: At least 30 FIRs have been registered by police in last month’s protests in Handwara town that left four persons and a woman dead. Most of the FIRs were filed against protesters, one against unknown persons in woman’s death while as two separate cases have been filed against two slain youngsters who were killed at Natnussa and Drugmulla in forces action.

Earlier, police had said that it has filed a separate case 130/2016 under sections 509, 506, 341, 354 RPC against those who spread false rumor of molestation bid of a girl in Handwara.

On April 12, three FIRs has been registered in police station Handwara including FIR 131/2016 under section 302 was against soldiers of army’s 21 RR unit for opening fire upon protesters and killing two youths and 132/2016 under sections 148, 149, 307, 436 RPC against the group of people who set on fire series of bunkers and vandalize government property. The FIR also states that the “violent mob” ripped the tricolour off the pole and burnt it down. It also states that the 10 army personnel who were deployed at the post were surrounded and were about “to be lynched by the mob”. While as 133/2016 under sections 148, 149, 307, 332, 427, 511 has been registered against the group of people for attacking police station and damaging vehicles”, a police officer had said.

“One more case has been filed by police (FIR No 134/2016 u/s 307 RPC) regarding the death of the woman, Raja Begum, who working in her kitchen garden.  The case has been filed against unknown persons. It states the woman was shifted to local hospital wherefrom she was removed to SKIMS in Srinagar, where she died next day. Police converted section 307 (attempt to murder) to 302 (murder)”.
Meanwhile, 26 more FIRs has been registered in different police stations of district Kupwara against protesters for attacking police vehicles, police stations, police posts and army bunkers.

Jahangir Ahmad Wani a youngster of Nagri has been killed allegedly in police action at Drugmulla on April 13 while as Arif Mohidin a youngster who has been killed at Natnusa on April 15, both the slain youths  have been booked in FIRs along with those who police claim were part of the “violent mob”. However, no one force personnel have been booked in the killings of Arif Mohidin and Jehangir Ahmad Wani.

On April 13, police filed one more case (FIR No.135/2016) in connection with stone pelting at paramilitary and police personnel near hospital crossing Handwara.  As per police, several CRPF and police personnel suffered Injuries and certain bunker vehicles of the paramilitary force and police were damaged.
Another case (FIR No. 136/2016 U/s 148,307,332 RPC) was registered regarding an incident at Umar colony Magam Hundwara for attacking police deployed at Magam with stones  and “iron roads”.
A case (FIR No. 137/2016 u/s 148 307/436 RPC) was registered in an incident at Langate when, according to police, the mob attempted to set ablaze the police post.
One more case (FIR No.138/2016 u/s 149 (unlawful assembly), 307, 332 RPC) was registered in police station Hundwara, “after the paramilitary forces and police deployed at Niagara was attacked by a mob of hundreds and armed with iron rods, axes and lathis.”
When one the two youngsters killed in Handwara, Javaid Ahmad, was being buried at local graveyard at Shallapora Drugmuila, youths attempted to enter into the Artillery Brigade of army at Drugmuila and ransack   it, police said in another case (FIR No. 60/2016 u/s 148, 149, 336, 307, 332, 427 RPC).
“The mob was intercepted by personnel of JKP, JKAP, IRP and CRPF at Matipora Drugmuila and was requested to disperse.   The interception irked the mob and they resorted to violence… Though light cane charging and tear smoke shells were used to disperse them, nevertheless some of  the  protestors sustained injuries amongst them, one protester namely Jehangir Ahmad Wani of Nagri succumbed to injuries. Pertaining to this incident, an FIR No. 60/2016 u/s 148, 149, 336, 307, 332, 427 RPC, was registered In Police Station Kupwara,” police says.
Another case, (FIR No. 61/2016 u/s 148, 336, 427, RPC, 3 PPPD Act) was registered at police station Kupwara when “people turned furious while taking Jehangir’s body and resorted to heavy stone pelting due to which the window panes of police Post Drugmulla, Fire Service Station Drugmulla and Horticulture office Drugmulla were damaged”, police said.
One more case (FIR 139/2016 u/s 307,148,336 RPC) has been registered in connection with “stone pelting” at hospital crossing on April 14.
On the same day, there was another case of “stone pelting” at main chowk Magam and FIR No.140/2016 u/s 307,336,149,148,188was registered in police station Handwara.
On April 15, three cases (FIRs 141/016 u/s 307,148,149,336,188 RPC, FIR No.142/016 u/s 307/148/149/336/188 RPC and FIR No.27/2016 u/s 307/148/149/336 RPC) were registered at police stations of Handwara and Kralgund for stone pelting at Herpora, Magam and Kralgund in which 13 police and paramilitary forces sustained injuries.
After Friday prayers on same day, the people at Kupwara while “defying the curfew assembled in large numbers at Kupwara town and resorted to pelting stones on police and paramilitary personnel deployed for law and order duties due to which 18 police personnel and 6 CRPF were injured” and a Case (FIR No. 64/20lft u/s 148, 149, 336, 332 RPC) was registered in police station Kupwara.
Another case (FIR No. 65/2016 u/s 148, 149, 307, 336, 332 RPC, 03 PPPD Act) was registered in police station Kupwara when people ‘attacked’ police and CRPF deployments besides “bunkers of Army 160 TA.”
Another case (FIR No. 66/2016 u/s 148, 149, 332, 336, 307 RPC, 03 PPPD Act) was registered in police station Kupwara against protesters who according to officials proceeded towards the army camp at Natnusa and attacked the camp.
“They dismantled the fencing wall and a shed there besides resorted to heavy stone pelting upon the army personnel which constrained the army personnel of 47 RR of Natnussa camp to open fire resultantly some of the protestors sustained bullet injuries, amongst them one of the protestors namely Arif Mohidin Dar son of Gh Mohidln Dar of Awoora, later succumbed to injuries,” police said.
One more case (FIR No, 67/2016 U/s 148, 149,332,336,307RPC,03PPPD Act) has been registered in police station Kupwara when ‘mob’ attacked the police and paramilitary forces Darzipora Kupwara and.
A case (FIR No, 25/2016 u/s 148, 149, 332, 336, 307, 427 RPC) has been filed in police station Lalpora in connection with stone pelting on the police and CRPF.
Two more FIRs (No. 20/2016 u/s 147, 148, 152, 336, 427 RPC and 19/2016 u/s 147, 148, 336, 427 RPC have been registered in police station Sogam and Kralpora protests.
Similarly FIR No.143 (u/s 148/149/188/332/336/427 RPC) and FIR NO.144/2016 U/S 148/149/188/307/332 RPC have been registered in police station Handwara, FIR No. 15/2016/ u/s 147, 148, 336, 427, 323, 188 RPC in police Trehgam and another FIR (No. 26/2016, u/s 147, 148, 149, 336, 323 RPC) in police station Lalpora on April 16.
On April 17, police filed one more case (FIR No 69/2016 u/s 147,148,336,427 RPC, 3PPPD Act) in police station Kupwara regarding stone pelting on police and CRPF.

Meanwhile, police on Sunday formed a special team of three officials to compile the data of stone-pelters, instigators and those who allegedly motivate them to resort to stone pelting in the district.

Pertinently, clashes erupted in Handwara tehsil of Kupwara district on April 12, after two youths and a woman were killed in forces’ firing following molestation of a school girl allegedly by an army soldier.

The clashes later spread to other major towns of the district and two more youths were killed in firing and eight others injured even after authorities imposed curfew across the district.