Midnight Police Raid on Srinagar Protest Site, Family Taken Away

Srinagar: Dozens of armed and masked police personnel descended on Press Enclave in Srinagar on Wednesday night to evict the families staging a sit-in to demand the return of bodies of their men killed by police on Monday night in an alleged encounter.

The two families have been camping at the Press Enclave and continued their protest into the night amid subzero temperatures. Close to midnight, armed police personnel arrived in armoured vehicles and snuffed out the candle light vigil being held for the slain civilians.

The police personnel led by Superintendent of Police Tanushree then began dragging and detaining the protesters, which was resisted by some family members leading to a scuffle. Some received minor injuries.

The protesters have been shouting slogans in favour of justice since Wednesday morning. "Who has a right over the dead bodies? The heirs," they shouted.

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