26 protesting persons booked after man’s murder

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Srinagar: Police Wednesday said it booked twenty six people for rioting after the death of a man in Dargaloon village of Mendhar in Poonch district.

Rafiq Ahmad of Dargaloon was abducted by unknown persons on the night of May 1 from his house and was later taken to nearby bushes where he was tied to a tree and forced to consume some poisonous substance. Next morning, he was found by police with the help of locals and was taken to hospital where he succumbed later.

Locals had alleged that a person Waseem Ahmad was behind Rafiq’s abduction and subsequent poisoning. But police rubbished the allegations and started investigations. However, people took to streets and staged violent protests and also resorted to heavy stone pelting on police.

Police said the stone-throwing resulted in the injuries to seven cops and three of its vehicles were damaged.  “We have booked 26 people,” a senior police official said.

Interestingly, the booked include government officials and  village heads including a Sarpanch, Panch and National Conference worker and many women. GNS

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