KANGAN: POLICE LIFT CURBS, TENSION PREVAILS
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KANGAN: POLICE LIFT CURBS, TENSION PREVAILS

While the local administration loosened curbs on the movement of people on Saturday in Kangan, the public though continued with its protest, shutting down their businesses and staying mostly to their homes.

While the local administration loosened curbs on the movement of people on Saturday in Kangan, the public though continued with its protest, shutting down their businesses and staying mostly to their homes. The entire Kangan area rose up in protest at the shooting of the twenty-four-year-old Gowhar Ahmad Rather, who died a day later from the gunshot wound in a Srinagar hospital.

The police, which at first had denied that a policeman shot him and instead said he was injured in his head from a fall, had to impose curfew-like restrictions to bring back order to the streets of Kangan. This morning the tension was palpable in the air as a heavy deployment of government forces across the town kept a close watch as a light traffic in the streets conveyed a sense of normality in the town.

After cutting off the high speed internet for four days it was restored in the morning with people connecting back with friends and family in the town and outside.

At Gowhar's home, mourners still came to sympathise with the bereaved family whose son was shot in the head while coming out of the local mosque. During the last four days the local people and the family had insisted that a policeman had shot Gowhar even though he wasn't part of any protests by the people of the town. The police had initially said that he fell into a drain and was injured. But the doctors at SKIMS in Srinagar had maintained that Gowhar's head had been pierced by a bullet and he eventually died from the gunshot wound. 

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti went to Kangan to condole the Rathers and assured them that justice would be done. The family told her bluntly that they want the policeman, Gulzar Ahmad Najar, to be dismissed from service and hanged. "we demand judicial enquiry in the cold blooded murder of our son by a natoriious police cop Gulzar Najar, we also demand his termination from the service," said Abdul Rehman Rather, Gowhar's father. Under mounting pressure from the public in Kangan, the police had suspended the constable and taken him into custody.

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