Protests in Budgam after youth shot dead, CRPF orders probe

Written by Adil Akhzer
, Naveed Iqbal
| Beerwah, Budgam |

Updated: May 14, 2020 1:32:14 am

Security personnel at the site of the incident, near Kawoosa area of Budgam. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

A YOUTH was killed Wednesday after CRPF personnel fired at his car after it allegedly sped past security checkpoints on the Srinagar-Gulmarg road in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district. The incident sparked protests and clashes with security personnel.

Mehraj ud Din Shah was declared brought dead at the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar.

P K Pandey, IG CRPF (Srinagar sector), told The Indian Express that an inquiry had been ordered into the incident.

CRPF spokesman Pankaj Singh said: “At about 1020 hours, a civil vehicle, Wagon R, broke a checkpoint of J&K Police, sped and came across another checkpoint of CRPF. and jumped this check point as well.”

“A convoy of the Army, at that point in time, was passing through the adjacent road and fearing sabotage, the CRPF jawan, manning this Naka, fired warning shots. This civil car was driving in the wrong direction of the road and that was even more alarming. When the car did not stop, despite warning shots, the jawan fired at the car and in turn, the driver was hit on his left shoulder,” Singh said.

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