Mob Sets Slain PDP Leaders House on Fire

Shopian—Twenty four hours after a PDP leader was shot dead by militants a mob on Tuesday set on fire his house in Shopian district.

Tragedy struck PDP leader and former Sarpanch Mohammed Ramzan Sheikhs family twice as a mob angry at the death of a militant in a scuffle with the family targeted it in a broad day light.

Hizb militant Showkat Ahmed Falahi, who was among the three assailants, was killed in the scuffle with the family members of Sheikh, who offered them resistance.

Showkat, who had joined the militancy in October last year, was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Tranz area of Shopian district on Tuesday while there was a solemn funeral ceremony for the PDP leader. Large number of people, who attended the funeral prayers for the slain militant, amidst pro-Azadi and anti-India slogans, then marched to deceased PDP leaders house.

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The house suffered extensive damaged in the blaze.

Police assisted by army however rescued the family members.

Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid while confirming the incident said a mob on the instigation of militants attacked the house at around 4 pm.

He said family members were rescued by the police and security forces.

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As the mourners were gathering at the residence of Sheikh, a mob attacked the house, the police said.

Immediately, police swung into action and rescued the family members which included Sheikhs mother, Rafiqa, wife Nusrat Begum, brother Farooq Ahmed Sheikh, his two sons and two daughters.

DGP SP Vaid said an FIR has been registered against those who attacked Sheikhs house. Strict action as per law will be take against those involved in the incident, Vaid said.

“Strong action under law is being taken against the perpetrators of the crime,” the DGP said.

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