One person was killed and a few others injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to disperse angry protesters in Baramulla district of North Kashmir on Monday evening.
The incident took place when locals mobbed an armoured vehicle in Baramulla town, 55 kms from Srinagar, to protest against the mysterious death of a boy who drowned in Jehlum river on Sunday, police said.
The mob, which was defying curfew and prohibitory orders, started pelting stones at security personnel and also attempted to set the armoured vehicle on fire, they said.
The incident left Fayaz Ahmad Khanday (25) dead even as security forces asserted that they opened fire in the air only.
Police indicated that it could also be the handiwork of some of the terror groups, whose member could have fired from amidst the mob, that led to the unfortunate incident.
The mob took to streets after the body of Faizan Ahmad Buhroo, a class 7th student, was fished out from river Jhelum on Sunday — two days after he reportedly drowned when he was fleeing from police following a clash.
The locals alleged that the boy was pushed into the river by police and sought an inquiry into the incident. However, police has denied the allegations and said investigations are on to ascertain the facts regarding the drowning of the boy.