BHADERWAHMURDER|SIT begins probe, curfew continues

For the third consecutive day on Saturday, Bhaderwah and its adjoining areas remained under curfew that was imposed following protests and clashes triggered by the killing of a 50-year-old man, Naeem Ahmed Shah on Thursday.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Doda, Shabir Ahmed Malik, said the situation was peaceful in the area and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate the murder.

Naeem’s killing triggered massive protests and group clashes on Thursday, forcing authorities to impose indefinite curfew.

The SSP Doda, meanwhile, constituted the six-member SIT comprising senior Prosecution Officer Temoor Jahangir Khan, SHO Munir Ahmed Khan, Ehsan-ullah-Haq, SafdarHussain and Parveen Kumar. The team is headed by the Superintendent of Police Bhaderwah, Raj Singh Gouria.

The newly constituted SIT, along with a team of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) Jammu, visited the crime scene this morning to collect evidence.

“We collected some evidences and samples from the spot, which will be sent to FSL for further investigation,” said Gouria.

“We have also seized the weapon (12 bore gun) and sent it to FSL Jammu. We are investigating the case from all angles. Hope we will reach to the conclusion soon,” the SP added.

Naeem was allegedly killed by cow vigilantes. Two groups clashed after his killing at Seri Bazaar locality of the town. A mob attacked houses, shops and vehicles. About three dozen vehicles were damaged by the protestors in the stone pelting and clashes on Thursday.

Police intensified patrolling in sensitive areas and four more companies of CRFP were deployed in the town on Friday.

“We have kept three companies on standby and the remaining one is on the job in the sensitive area,” said Commanding Officer 33 Battalion CRPF A Padma Kumar

Eight persons have been arrested in connection with the killing so far.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner DodaSagarDoifode said a number of non-locals were found involved in stone-pelting and three of them were arrested so far.

“All those involved in violent protests are being identified. More arrests are expected in the coming days,” he said, adding that police have been directed to collect details of non-locals including students, labourers, servants and businessmen who are living as tenants to keep a watch on their activities.

“The situation is well under control. We are reviewing the situation later in the day and will decide about relaxation in the curfew accordingly,” he said.

Shops and business establishments belonging to the majority community remained closed in adjoining Kishtwar district town in protest against the killing.

The Imam of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar had called for a bandh.