Amid shutdown, 50 injured in Kupwara clashes

Amid shutdown, 50 injured in Kupwara clashes

There was a complete shutdown in Kupwara, Trehgam and Kralpora areas, with shops and business establishments closed and transport off the roads, for the second straight day.

Amid shutdown, at least 50 persons including 15 policemen and 35 civilians were injured in violent clashes in this north Kashmir district on Thursday.

People hit streets in protest against the mysterious death of a detainee, Nazir Ahmad Moughal, yesterday.

The injured include additional Superintendant of Police Fayaz Hussain and a DySp Baljit Singh, officials said.

There was a complete shutdown in Kupwara, Trehgam and Kralpora areas, with shops and business establishments closed and transport off the roads, for the second straight day.

Youth took to streets and clashed with police and CRPF in main Kupwara town, Kralpora and Awoora.

Witnesses said youth pelted stones on government forces who retaliated with intense tear gas shelling.

The protestors reportedly ransacked BJP office at Kupwara.

At Awoora—the native village of Nazir Ahmad Moughal—people held a massive protest demonstration, demanding stern punishment to policemen allegedly responsible for Moughal’s death.

Paramilitary CRPF and police burst tear smoke shells which further infuriated the protestors who tried to set ablaze a police post where Nazir was detained and later allegedly killed. Police however foiled the attempt.

The locals alleged that paramilitary CRPF and policemen yesterday evening broke windowpanes of a local Masjid in Mir Mohalla Kupwara.

“They also beat inmates in a few houses. We were protesting peacefully against the killing of Moughal, but police resorted to use of brute force,” the locals said.

Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Rajiv Ranjan Kumar and SP Kupwara Rahul Malik urged people to maintain clam.

In a joint media briefing, they said an FIR has been lodged into the incident and district administration has already ordered an inquiry to be being headed by ACR Kupwara.

Protests erupted Wednesday when the body of Moughal, 35—who was lodged at police post Zurhama since Monday—was found in mysterious circumstances in the premises of district hospital Kupwara.

His relatives alleged that he was killed by police in custody after third degree torture—the charge refuted by police.

After outrage, police put under suspension four cops including in-charge of the police post.

The post-mortem report of the victim whose samples were sent to Forensic laboratory Srinagar is awaited, said an official.

Meanwhile District Magistrate Kupwara has appointed Additional District Magistrate, Kupwara as Enquiry Officer in the death case of Nazir Ahmad Mughal S/o Syed Rehman Mughal R/o Zerhama, Kupwara.

“The Enquiry Officer has been asked to submit report within 15 days,” an official spokesman said.