This young man was part of a crowd protesting a killing by CRPF men -- another young man, Rafiq, whom they beat so badly on June 12 that he died in hospital on Saturday night (June 19). In fact it was Rafiq's funeral that turned into the protest in which Javaid was shot and killed.
In turn, Rafiq was beaten during a wave of protests in Srinagar that erupted out of the funeral procession of still another young man, Tufail. Tufail was killed by a teargas shell fired by security personnel on June 11.
Tufail is killed by our security forces. During his funeral procession and the accompanying protests, Rafiq is beaten by our security forces and dies some days later. During his funeral procession and the accompanying protests, Javaid is shot dead by our security forces.
Not for the first time, and undoubtedly not for the last, I ask myself: what on earth is going on in Kashmir?
(Some reports: Javaid, Rafiq/Tufail, Tufail).
One answer to that last question is here: thousands of Kashmiri Pandits travelled to Kashmir to pray at the Kheer Bhavani temple there on Saturday.
It reminds me of a conversation I had with a close Pandit friend on returning from one of my trips to Srinagar a few years ago.
"Next time you go," he said, "why don't you stay at my brother's hotel?"
I was surprised, because the last time I had heard of the brother, he was a bank executive in Bombay.
"Right, but last year he decided to go back and run this hotel. He just felt like the time had come for Pandits to try to return."
And he's OK? I asked.
"He's fine! He could use a little business, which is why I'm telling you to go. But he feels completely at home there."
I haven't returned to Srinagar since, so I haven't managed to give the man some business. But his determination, and now this Kheer Bhavani news, encourages me no end. This is what will eventually defeat the terrorists, the naysayers, the hate-mongers.
So maybe it is time I went to that hotel.