Protests Rock Pattan Town

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Several injured in tear-gas shelling

Pattan: Police resorted to teargas shelling and charged the protestors with canes after hundreds of people blocked Srinagar-Muzafarabad High Way in North Kashmir’s Bucho area of Pattan town.

Protestors were alleging that police is showing no interest in locating a 2 years old missing baby girl.

Pertinently, a few days back two years old baby girl Zeenat Ashraf daughter of Mohammad Ashraf Rather resident of Bucho Pattan went missing after she was returning to home from her neighbourhood.

Reports said that hundreds of people from Bucho and other adjacent areas of Pattan blocked the road and for hours, vehicular movement came to a grinding halt. Protestors amid anti-police slogans were alleging that police has not taken the matter seriously.

“We helped the police to nab a person who were allegedly involving in human trafficking and yet the police failed to locate the missing girl,” one of the protestors told CNS adding that there is an active group in the town who steal babies and sell them to outsiders at an high prices.

Police swung into action and used dozens of tear-gas shells to disperse the protestors. Several people got injured in police lathicharge. Despite, using canes and teargas shells, protestors did not budge and ultimately Deputy Commissioner Baramullah Ghulam Ahmed Khawaja rushed to spot and assured the protestors that police would take all possible measures to trace the missing girl.

Station House Officer Pattan, Mehboob Bandey told CNS that protestors pelted stones and police had no option except using tear gas shells. “The investigation is going on. The person whom we have arrested is not involved in baby theft. We are looking the case from all the angles and hopefully we will nab the culprits soon,” he said adding that police is ready to make people as part of the investigation. (CNS)

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