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Elderly Man Tragically Killed by Police Casspir Vehicle in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 31 (GNS): In a heart-wrenching incident, a 65-year-old man was killed after allegedly being run over by a Casspir vehicle in the Hawal area of central Kashmir’s Srinagar district. Eyewitnesses at the scene reported the tragic event, which has left the local community in shock and mourning.

According to those who witnessed the accident, the elderly man, identified as Abdul Salam, was struck near Firdous Cinema in Hawal. The impact of the vehicle left him with critical injuries, as horrified onlookers watched helplessly. The accident occurred in a bustling part of the city, which only amplified the chaos and distress among the residents present at the scene.

Following the accident, a police team swiftly arrived and transported the severely injured Abdul Salam to SKIMS Soura, a renowned medical facility in the area. Despite the prompt medical response, the doctors at the hospital declared him dead on arrival, indicating that the injuries sustained were too severe for any medical intervention to save his life.

The news of Abdul Salam’s death has cast a pall of grief over the community, as he was known to be a respected elder. The local residents have expressed their sorrow and anger, demanding a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. The tragic incident has also raised questions about road safety and the protocols followed by vehicles, especially in densely populated areas.

A senior police officer confirmed the incident to GNS, describing it as a Road Traffic Accident (RTA). The police statement, however, did little to assuage the concerns of the locals, who are calling for accountability and justice for the deceased. The term “RTA” used by the authorities has been met with skepticism by some, who believe that a more detailed investigation is necessary to determine if negligence played a role.

In the meantime, the police have assured the public that a detailed investigation is underway. They are collecting statements from eyewitnesses and reviewing any available CCTV footage to piece together the exact sequence of events. The community is awaiting more information, hoping that the investigation will bring clarity and justice.

As more details emerge, the tragic death of Abdul Salam serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of road safety measures. The incident has prompted discussions among local authorities and residents about the need for stricter regulations and better enforcement to prevent such accidents in the future.

The community’s response to this tragic event highlights the deep-seated concerns over public safety and the responsibilities of those operating vehicles, particularly in populated urban areas. As the investigation continues, the hope remains that measures will be implemented to ensure such a tragedy does not repeat itself, honoring the memory of Abdul Salam.

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