In a tragic and shocking incident, a civilian in Kashmir’s Sopore was killed in the cross-firing between the security forces and militants on Wednesday morning.
The civilian was 60 years old was killed in front of his three-year-old grandson. Post the incident, heartwrenching pictures of the young boy sitting on the dead body of his grandfather were circulated in social media which left everyone shocked. A Central Reserve Police Force Constable was also killed in the encounter. The encounter broke out after the militants attacked a CRPF party at Sopore in the northern part of Kashmir. The Inspector-General of the CRPF, Rajesh Kumar told,
“One head constable succumbed to his injuries, three more are injured and stable.”
The injured person was rushed to the nearest Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar. After the incident, the entire area has been sealed and an operation has been launched to nab the attackers.
Omar Abdullah Slams Men in Uniform
However, the boy’s pictures on social media left former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah fuming as he called it a ‘propaganda tool’. He also slammed the men in the uniform for filming the crying child. He took to Twitter and wrote,
“Everything becomes a propaganda tool in the bloody violence in Kashmir. A three-year-old toddler has to have his misery broadcast to the whole world to drive home the “we good they bad” message. We would have got the point without his misery being filmed and shared so please don’t. We would have expected no less from the men in uniform than to rescue the young boy & for that they have our gratitude but we would expect better than for them to film & use a three-year-old’s plan the way it’s being done today.”
On August 5th 2019, Omar Abdullah was kept under preventive detention by the Indian government under section 107 of the CRPC. This was in the wake of scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution of India which gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir semi-autonomous powers. On 24th March 2020, Omar Abdullah was released from detention.
Source: Free Press Journal