Principal's custodial death: NC stages protest, demands time-bound probe

National Conference on Thursday took out a protest march here demanding a time bound probe into the custodial death of a principal from Awantipora in Pulwama.

Led by party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, the protestors marched from party headquarter here while raising slogans against the government for its “anti Kashmir policies”.

Addressing the rally Sagar said, “Kashmiris are not orphans; National Conference will continue to raise voice against any injustice and human rights violations being unleashed on Kashmir and its people. We will continue to give voice to our people.”

Flaying the governor administration for its sheer misgovernment and inefficiency, Sagar said, “Police is passing the buck on NIA and NIA is passing the blame on people for the custodial death (of the principal. The ineptitude and unaccountability besetting the state administration can be gauged from the fact that no one is being held accountable for the regrettable death of a young teacher.”

He asked the Governor to initiate time bound inquiry into the death of the principal Rizwan Asad Pandith who was picked up by police from his hosue on the night of March 17. “The perpetrators should be brought to justice as soon as possible. Our party president and vice president have raised their voice at various forms,” Sagar said.

The rally was organized by party’s district president Srinagar Pir Afaq and the protest saw participation of workers, YNC functionaries and other office bearers.

Party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, former speaker Mubarak Gul, women’s wing President Shameema Firdous, central secretary Irfan Shah, Er Sabiya Qadri, YNC Provincial VPs Ahsan Pardesi, Younis Gul and others were part of the rally.

Expressing concern over increasing intolerance against minorities across the country, Wani said, “We are not a colony of India. We are a part of India, with a special status that is guarded by various constitutional provisions including Delhi agreement and instrument of accession. Why we are being treated with contempt? What is our fault? We had joined hands with secular forces of India. Such incidents do not augur well for greater good of nation.”

Lashing out at Union minister of state Jetendra Singh’s over his recent jibe against party president, Wani said, “His statement reveals his arrogance of power. However we will continue to raise our voice against any injustice that is being done to our people.”