Kupwara normal after 3 day shutdown, protests

Greater Kashmir

This frontier district had shut for three consecutive days in wake of mysterious death of Nazir Ahmad Mughal, a detainee in police post Awoora.

Life in this frontier district returned to normal on Saturday after three days of shutdown, protests, restrictions and violent clashes.

 

Shops and business establishments reopened, traffic  plied on all routes, leading to frequent traffic jams on busy routes, including the main town, Kupwara-Sopore road and Kupwara-Kralpora roads.

 

This frontier district had shut for three consecutive days in wake of mysterious death of Nazir Ahmad Mughal, a detainee in police post Awoora.

 

Massive  protests had erupted on Wednesday when the body of  Mughal, 35, a detainee  who was lodged at police post Zurhama was recovered from the premises  of the district hospital Kupwara.

His relatives alleged that Nazir was killed by Police during third degree torture but the allegations are denied by police.

 

More than two dozen persons including additional Superintendent of Police Fayaz Hussain, and a DySp Baljit Singh were injured in the clashes.

 

CRPF had ransacked several residential houses, hotels in retaliation to the protests and clashes.

 

Meanwhile SP Kupwara Rahul Malik reiterated that an impartial probe is under way  and that  no stone will be left unturned to bring the facts of the case to fore.

 

“We have registered a case in police station Kupwara against the three cops for laxity and negligence in handling this case and arrested them,” Malik said.

 

When asked about the burning of the residential house of the Mughal at Zurhama Gujjarpati, SP said that investigations are on and soon it will be clear that who burnt the house.

 

Replying to a question by this correspondent about the miserable condition of Nazir’s family, SP said that he will take the matter of the rehabilitation of the family with higher authorities and  do whatever was possible under the circumstances.