25/04/2011 - Srinagar: At least four people on Monday were injured when Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police used batons and fired teargas canisters to quell massive protests that broke out against the killing of a youth by unidentified gunmen in Kreeri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district last evening.
30-year-old Muhammad Ashraf Lone, son of Abdur Rashid Lone of Chatipora, Rafiabad was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Hail-Jageer in Kreeri last evening. Ashraf, a teacher at a local Madrassa had reportedly gone missing on last Thursday.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Dispatch that hundreds of residents of Chatipora and its adjoining villages in Rafiabad this morning took to streets and staged massive demonstrations against the killing. The protesters carried the body of Ashraf in a procession and staged a sit-in on the Sopore- Ladura link road.
Chanting slogans “We want freedom,” “Islam Zindabad,” the protesters were demanding identification and punishment for the people involved in the killing.
As a police team from Sopore reached the spot, angry protesters hurled stones on them. Later additional reinforcements rushed to control the protests.
The forces, eyewitnesses said fired tear smoke shells after they failed to disperse the protesters with cane charge. At least four people , eyewitnesses said were injured in the action. Further details are awaited.
Pertinently, Panchayat elections are being held in Ruhmama Tehsil of the district today.