People throng slain youth's home

People in droves visited the home of slain Awantipora youth, Rizwan Asad Pandit, on Wednesday to express condolences.

Rizwan, a school principal died in police custody during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. He was laid to rest on Tuesday night at martyr’s graveyard in Awantipora.

Rizwan’s kin alleged that he was “badly tortured” in the police custody. “The multiple torture marks on his body were clearly visible. The left side of his face had swelled up. He had a head injury, besides his thighs had red and black spots,” said Hilal Ahmed Pandit, cousin of Rizwan.

Pandit demanded the culprits should be hanged to give justice to the victim family.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Awantipora on the second straight day to mourn his killing.

All the shops and business establishments remained closed while the traffic was off the roads. Heavy deployment remained on various spots across the town to thwart protests.

Sources said a thin movement of traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway was seen. Contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed on various spots on the highway.

A senior police officer said the situation remained normal throughout the day.

Mobile internet service remained suspended in Awantipora on second day. The Internet service as per an official was suspended “as a precautionary measure” to prevent the spreading of rumours.