2 Kashmiris ‘Crushed’ To Death In Banihal

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BANIHAL: In a late night accident on Srinagar-Jammu highway two persons, according to police, died when a truck and a trawler collided with each other. The accident was reported from Sherbibi Nachalana area of Banihal.

Families of the duo, however, alleged that they were murdered.

Massive protests erupted at Banihal after people learned that two Kashmiri truck drivers identified as Abdul Gani Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad, resident of Kreeri Nopora Dooru and Mudassir Ahmed Rather, resident of Watihal Qazigund have been killed mysteriously.

The shopkeepers downed their shutters and observed shutdown to protest the killings, alleging that the truckers have been murdered.

As the news about the deaths of the truckers spread in their ancestral villages, families and locals came out of their houses and staged protests.

They also alleged that the duo have been murdered and demanded investigation into the matter and stern punishment to the “accused”.

Meanwhile, police denied that the duo have been murdered and termed it a case of accident.

A police official said that the collision took place between a truck (JK03E 8811) and trawler (JK02BH 2877).

The official said that a case vide FIR number 24/2017 has been registered in Police Station. He said that accused driver had fled from the spot but was arrested on Thursday afternoon.

He identified the arrested driver as Bali Ram of Chatta Jammu. “The questioning of the driver is going on to ascertain the circumstances of the accident,” the police official said.

Meanwhile, people observed a complete shutdown in Banihal and its adjacent areas demanding immediate arrest of the trawler driver.

Reports said that hundreds of people hit to roads and blocked Dooru-Anantnag road. They claimed that the duo were not killed in the road accident but were murdered by the driver of the trawler.

“What information we gathered from the eyewitness makes it clear that truck owner Mudasir and driver Ghulam Nabi were crushed to death intentionally by the trawler driver. My nephew who had bought this truck after completing his MBA had an argument with the trawler driver who in a fit of rage crushed him and the driver to death. It was not an accident but murder,” Ghulam Nabi Rather, uncle of slain truck owner told CNS.

MLA says, ‘It Is Revenge Murder’

Angry over the blind murder of a truck driver and his conductor on Jammu Srinagar highway at Shairbibi last night, MLA Banihal, Vikar Rasool Wani, expressed his deep shock and serious concern on the incident.

In a statement issued to KNS, Vikar demanded an independent judicial probe into the incident.

The demand was made after Vikar meet with the local residents of that area where the incident took place.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Banihal over killing of driver and conductor

MLA Banihal alleged that the preliminary reports collected from the general public is clearly indicated that Abdul Gani Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad, resident of Kreeri Nopora Anantnag and Mudassir Ahmed Rather, resident of Watihal Qazigund was murdered not killed in accident

Vikar has called it a “revenge murder”, which needs to be investigated by independent authority.

He demanded that government should constitute a special independent judicial commission to probe of this blind murder without wasting time, so that culprits should be kicked behind the bars and strict action as per law can be taken against the culprits.

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