SRINAGAR: Mudasir Ahmad Rather, one of the two truckers who died mysteriously on late Wednesday night, on Srinagar-Jammu highway at Sherbibi in Banihal was the lone bread earner of his family.
During the intervening night of March Ist and second, an accident was reported from Sherbibi Nachalana in Banihal district between a truck bearing registration number JK03E:8811 and trawler number JK02BH:2877, crushing all the hopes of Rather family.
Massive protests had erupted in 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 on Thursday to protest the killings, alleging that the truckers have been murdered.
Mudasir is survived by four brothers, one sister and ailing parents, his Uncle Gulam Nabi informed Kashmir Observer on Friday.
Mudasir graduated from IGNOU as an MA student of Political Science and subsequently pursued BEd degree as well.
He was a very bright student, but illness of our father, he had to support the family, said late Muadsirs younger brother.
He would always tell us that you are not my siblings but my children that he left no stone unturned to support the family, he added.
According to the other family members, Mudasir worked hard to support his family which besides other things included expenditure on his fathers medicines and studies of his siblings.
This was not an accident but a murder and the irony is that police are trying to hush-up the case, the deceased Mudasirs uncle, Gh Nabi, alleged.
A trawler belonging to a valley based Maruti Car dealer was coming from Jammu and when its driver tried to overtake my nephews truck near Sherbibi, it hit Mudasirs truck breaking its side mirror, Gh Nabi informed. The two drivers stopped and thereby had some heated arguments.
Mudasirs uncle further added, the accused driver then deliberately crushed Mudasir and his driver under his big vehicle.
Trashing the claims that the duo were killed in a collision, Gh Nabi said, if it would have been collusion then our own truck would also have been damaged but there is not a single scratch on our truck.
While denying the allegation, Station House Officer, Banihal Nazir Ahmad Dar said, we have arrested the accused driver and seized his vehicle too.
We are investigating the matter and truth will come to fore once the investigations end, he added.
However, the MLA of Banihal, Vikar Rasool Wani, alleged that it was a revenge murder.
Demanding a judicial probe, he had told KNS that the preliminary reports collected from the general public clearly indicated that Abdul Gani Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad, resident of Kreeri Nopora Anantnag and Mudassir Ahmed Rather, resident of Watihal Qazigund were murdered and not killed in accident.
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