Srinagar: Police on Monday used force to disperse protesters at Batamaloo where the family members of a student, who was mysteriously found dead in Himachal Pradesh. Most of women protesters have alleged mistreatment by Police, a charge the officials denied.
Kin of the 23-year-old youth Wahid Yaqoob Lawdari who was found dead at Kullu tourist resort in Himachal Pradesh on May 2, alleged that they had been receiving threatening letters in which it was claimed that the deceased Wahid Yaqoob was running LeT group in Bengalore Karnatka.
Eyewitnesses said that family members and neighbors of the deceased youth took to streets at Firdous Abad Batamaloo and demanded probe into the death of Wahid Yaqoob Lawdari. The clashes between protesters and police prompted a strike in the area where additional policemen have been deployed to thwart any further attempt of protest.
The protestors mostly women alleged that police thrashed them without any provocation while it fired tear-smoke shells in their houses that created panic in the area. The brother of the slain youth namely Shahid Yaqoob Lawdari said that they have been continuously receiving threatening letters in which we are directed not to pursue the case of Waheed Yaqoob. The letter claims that we are all militants and our mother supplies arms and ammunition to the militnats, he said.
Another relative of the slain youth said that they had shown all these threatening letters to police who took no action.
A police official termed the allegations of family baseless and claimed that one of the family members is associated with a separatist group Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, who along with some other people tried to disrupt the peace in the area. He said that some miscreants resorted to stone-pelting while police used mild force to disperse them. (CNS)
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