‘Thrashing’ of youth triggers protests in Batmaloo

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Abid Hussain
Srinagar, April 23: Violent protests amidst shutdown erupted in Batamaloo area of city centre on Monday afternoon after a youth was thrashed by a Traffic police officer, witnesses told news agency GNS here. Police however said that it was the youth who thrashed the officer.
According to witnesses, a youth namely Nasrullah Mir of Darwani Batamaloo, was driving his vehicle when a Sub Inspector of Traffic Police intercepted him. “Both of them entered into heated argument and the officer started to beat him. This followed by a scuffle and other cops also started to thrash him,” said the witnesses, adding that the youth fell unconscious.
The eyewitnesses further said that the thrashing of youth caught the attention of other people there and they came to his rescue. “The people started massive sloganeering against the cops. Amid protests, there was a shutdown in the area,” they said.
Police swung into action and started baton charging the protesters who retaliated by hurling rocks and bricks. Amid ensuing clashes, police used dozens of teargas shells against the protesters, resulting in tensions in the area. The clashes then spread to interiors of Batamaloo and continued till late hours.
A police spokesperson meanwhile refuted the allegations of thrashing and said in a statement issued to GNS, “Today, during checking by Traffic Police, one person namely Nasrullah Mir was stopped by Traffic Cops at Kaman Post, Batamaloo and was asked to show the documents of his vehicle.”
“During the checking, he physically assaulted Sub Inspector Farooq Ahmad who suffered grievous injuries. The injured S.I. was shifted to Hospital. Nasrullah Mir also got some minor injuries and was shifted to Hospital where his condition is stable,” the spokesperson said.
He said a case under FIR No. 46/2016 has been registered into the matter in Police Station Batamaloo and investigation has been taken up. (GNS)