SRINGAR: A large number of people took to streets in Srinagar on Monday night to protest against the killing of an elderly man and a student in a grenade attack by the terrorists and demanded action against the perpetrators.
Rafiya, 19, and a 69 -year-old man were killed while 24 others were injured in the grenade attack by terrorists in busy market of Amira Kadal of Srinagar on Sunday evening. A policeman was among the injured persons.
To protest the growing attacks on civilians, hundreds of local youths stated a demonstration at Lal Chowk in the city, carrying banners that read “Aakhir Kab Tak” (Till when?) to express their anguish against terrorists in the Valley.
The protestors strongly condemned the civilian killings by terrorists and said that terrorists have been killing innocent civilians for the last 30 years, which they said, should come to a end immediately.
The protestors started their protest march from SK Park that culminated with candle light vigil at Ghanta Ghar, Lal Chowk. The protestors carried placards reading “Save Youth Save Kashmir”.
Demanding justice from the authorities concerned, the protestors said that the scourge of terrorism has got the common people of Kashmir nothing but suffering and death.
“They were innocent,” the protesters lamented, adding that the killing of an innocent person amount of the killing of entire humanity.
Criticising Pakistan for abetting terror activities in the Valley, one of the protestors said, “The youth of Kashmir has now understood that nothing will be gained by terrorism.”
The Sunday’s attack was recorded on a CCTV camera that showed an explosion in the crowded marketplace. People are seen running for safety as several fell on the ground after being hit by splinters.
Rafiya, who secured 93 percent marks in Class 12 examination of the J&K Board of School Education, had gone out with her mother and sister for shopping when she was hit by a grenade, her family said.
She was shifted to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in the city for treatment but died due to multiple injuries on Monday.
“We received a call from the police about the incident. On reaching the hospital, we found her elder sister with an injured leg but didn’t see Rafiya because she was being operated upon. This morning, we were informed that she has died,” the family said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, Raskesh Balwal said that the police have so far detained over a dozen suspects in connection with the attack. “We are having crucial leads and investigations are progressing,” the SSP told The New Indian.