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Nowhatta incident: J &K Police files 2 FIRs against CRPF's Srinagar Unit

By Chennabasaveshwar

Jammu and Kashmir Police registered two FIRs against CRPF's Srinagar Unit over the Nowhatta incident on Saturday. The FIRs were registered under sections 307 (Attempt to murder), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 279 (Rash driving) among other sections including sections 149, 152, 336 and 427.

Nowhatta incident: J &K Police files 2 FIRs against CRPFs Srinagar Unit

A stone-pelter was allegedly run over by a CRPF vehicle which was escaping a mob. The incident reported, just a few days before Home Minister Rajnath Singh is to visit the valley.

This could dampen the centre's renewed efforts to reach out to Kashmiri youth after announcing the Ramzan truce with terrorists.

Mr Singh had planned to use his visit to not only review preparations for the Amarnath Yatra due to begin on June 29 but more importantly, signal his intent to engage with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat leaders.

The CRPF vehicle ran into a street protest when it was on its way back after dropping off a senior officer. A mob tried to encircle the vehicle and some of the protestors were trying to get into it. The driver tried to get away, but ended up running over three persons. The incident took place at a time when the Centre had declared a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah tweeted, "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?".

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