Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Army vehicle crushes 7-yr-old Bandipora girl

Locals torch two RR vehicles
Courtesy: Daily Rising Kashmir dt Sep., 8th, 2009 by Mir Tariq
Sumbal (Bandipora), 07 Sep: A seven-year-old girl was crushed to death by an Army vehicle here in Markundal village of Sumbal Bandipora when she was coming out of school.Following the incident, thousands of people staged protests on Srinagar–Ladakh highway and torched two vehicles of RR convoy which was moving toward Ladakh.
The girl, Insha Javid, was killed on-the-spot when she was hit by an Army vehicle while coming out of the school. Locals told Rising Kashmir that the army vehicle was moving at a fast speed and after crushing to the girl to death in Markundal fled from the spot. Immediately after the accident, thousands of people of Sumbal and adjoining villages took to rods and blocked the Srinagar-Ladakh highway at Sumbal and torched two RR vehicles. Locals demand immediate action against the erring troopers. It is the fifth such incident since May 2009 in which an Army vehicle crushed a pedestrian. No one among the erring drivers have been punished so far, officials source told Rising Kashmir. “Police is helpless before the Army,” he added.
Though the Senior Superintendent of Police Bandipora, Sheikh Junaid tried to pacify the mob, locals alleged police of “highhandedness”. Local said that instead of punishing troopers’, police used force against the children, women and elders demanding punishment to the troopers. “It is unfortunate that police is punishing innocent people who are being crushed by the Army vehicles. Police is acting as a mute spectator,” said Ghulam Hassan, an elderly person. Raising anti-Army and anti-police slogans, protestors were demanding actions against the erring army drivers who have killed four people in last three months in the district. Locals alleged that besides crushing a 7-year-old girl troopers forcibly snatched vehicles from the drivers and harassed people in the area and forced them to remain inside the houses.
“Troopers forcibly snatched our vehicle and forced us to remain inside the house. When we approached police on duty, they expressed their helplessness,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, a Tata Sumo driver. A huge contingent of police and CRPF were rushed to the area to restore law and order as the situation was tense. PDP candidate Yasir Rehsi tried to pacify the people following which the girl was buried. Yasir Reshi demand immediate action against the erring Army drivers and demanded relief in favour of the deceased. The movement of the Amy vehicles through Sumabl was halted after the incident took place.


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