SRINAGAR:- Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet on Monday passed a resolution condemning the Udhampur petrol bomb attack on a truck that led to the death of a conductor and lauded the people of the state for maintaining peace and calm. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who chaired the Cabinet meeting here, moved the resolution condemning the Oct 9 incident at Shiv Nagar in Udhampur district that left two truckers severely injured.Zahid Ahmed, one of the injured, succumbed to injuries at a Delhi hospital on Sunday and was laid to rest Monday in his native Batengoo.
“The Cabinet adopted the resolution in one voice. Later a two-minute silence was also observed as a mark of respect for the departed soul,” an official spokesman said.
The Cabinet also approved ex-gratia relief of Rs five lakh and a government job to the next of the kin of the deceased youth. The Cabinet appreciated the people of the state for maintaining peace and calm in this hour of loss and grief, the spokesman said.
The truck conductor who died of severe burn injuries sustained in Udhampur petrol bomb attack was on Monday laid to rest with residents of Batengoo, his native village in South Kashmir, taking his body in aprocession amid tight security.
Zahid Ahmed’s body was taken from his residence for funeral prayers and later buried in the ancestral graveyard in the village amidst sloganeering by the mourners, a police official said.
A youth was seen carrying a Pakistani flag during the funeral procession which passed off peacefully as authorities had made stringent security arrangements.
The official said the restrictions imposed in Anantnag police station area were eased to allow the people to participate in the funeral prayers. There have been no reports of any violence from the area so far, he added. Authorities on Monday imposed restrictions in eight areas in Kashmir and placed several separatist leaders under house arrest in view of a strike called in wake of Zahid’s death on Sunday. Strict restrictions have been imposed on movement of people in Anantnag and Bijbehara police station areas in South Kashmir, a police official said.
The restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure following violent protests on Sunday in many parts of the Valley.
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