Youth who self immolated in Ganderbal to protest demolition of his complex dies

Srinagar, Mar 5: A 27-year-old youth, who self immolated when a demolition squad was about to pull down his newly constructed complex at Harran Kangan in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, breathed his last at a hospital here on Saturday morning after 11-day long fight against death.

Official sources said that the youth Amir Hamid Shah son of Nazir Ahmad Shah of Harran Kangan was admitted to the hospital for serious injuries he suffered on February 22. “He succumbed to the injuries this morning,” they said.

Police in a statement had said that during the demolition drive undertaken by Irrigation and Flood Control Department over the banks of Nalla Sindh on February 22, Amir Hamid Shah suddenly appeared from behind the illegal structure and self immolated on its roof in protest against demolition of illegal structure raised on the banks of the water body.

Divisional administration has already ordered a time-bound enquiry into the incident.

“Taking cognizance of the media reports of unfortunate incident of alleged self immolation in District Ganderbal on 22nd February, 2022, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, JKAS, Additional District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal is appointed as an Enquiry Officer to enquire into the whole gamut of episode and furnish his findings along with his definite comments/recommendations within a period of 10 days positively”, reads an order by the Divisional Commissioner P K Pole. gns

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