Curfew Continues In Communally Tense Bhaderwah

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SRINAGAR — The Bhaderwah town observed a complete shutdown even as curfew remained enforced on the second consecutive day on Friday against the killing of a man on Thursday midnight.

Reports said that the curfew continued as police and paramilitary CRPF men deployed in strength in town and adjoining parts of Bhaderwah to maintain law and order.

SP Bhaderwah Raj Singh Gouria said that investigations are in the initial stage and the details will be shared as they emerge.

He said that curfew continues to remain imposed in the town and there was no report of any untoward incident. “The situation is under control,” he said.

On night of Thursday, a group of three persons were heading towards their native Mohalla Qilla area of Bhaderwah along with their cattle when they were fired upon at 2 a.m. by alleged cow vigilantes near Nalthi village, leading to the on the spot killing of Nayeem Ahmad Shah. Two of his associates managed to escape with minor injuries.

A police officer said that case under FIR no. 64/2019 under 302, 307 RPC and 3/25 and 7/27 Arms Act have been registered and investigation taken up.

Meanwhile, Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar has called for a complete shutdown in district Kishtwar tomorrow against the killing of Nayeem Shah of Bhaderwah. 

Guv Condemns Civilian Killing

Governor Satya Pal Malik Friday condemned the death of a person in firing in the communally-sensitive Bhaderwah valley on Thursday and directed the police and civil administration to bring the culprits to justice.

Malik condemned the loss of a life in the unfortunate incident and urged the people not to take the law into their own hands and co-operate with the law enforcing agencies, a Raj Bhavan spokesman said here.

The firing incident at 2 am on Thursday that left one person dead and another injured had led to violent protests during the day, with members of a community attacking a police station and damaging several vehicles. The protestors alleged that the victim was targeted as he was involved in cattle trade.

The Doda district administration has, however, refuted allegations that “cow vigilantism” was the reason behind the murder, and said that some people were trying to give communal colour to the incident.

The governor Friday advised prominent leaders of the town to help police and the civil administration pacify the protestors, the official said.

He added that Malik has directed the authorities to spare no efforts in bringing the culprits to justice.

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the killing so far and an investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, curfew remained clamped and internet services blocked in Bhaderwah valley of Doda district for the consecutive second day Friday.

The Army has been deployed in the town besides additional security personnel being posted in sensitive areas to maintain law and order.

 

 


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