Civilian-cop fight leads to shutdown, stone pelting in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Clashes erupted between civilians and police in Batamaloo area of Srinagar when a scuffle between a civilian and police officers led to a fight. The locals alleged that the police officers thrashed the civilian during a routine traffic checking in the area.

Eyewitnesses said that a scuffle broke between a civilian and two police officers when they stopped his two-wheeler for a routine inspection. One of the police officers and the civilian sustained injuries.

However, a group of people pelted stones and enforced a shutdown in the busy locality – which houses Kashmir’s busiest bus terminal – after the incident.

Police issued a statement this evening, stating that the civilian – Nasrullah Mir son of Abdul Razaq resident of Darwani Batamaloo – was stopped by traffic police and asked to show the documents of his vehicle. “During the checking, he physically assaulted Sub Inspector Farooq Ahmad who suffered grievous injuries,” the police said.

The injured police officer and the civilian were reportedly shifted to hospital for treatment. According to police, the police officer suffered “grievous injuries” while the civilian suffered “minor injuries”.

“A case FIR No. 46/2016 has been registered into the matter in Police Station Batamaloo and investigation has been taken up,” the police said.