Kashmir shuts to mourn principal’s custodial death

Kashmir shuts to mourn principal’s custodial death
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Wednesday against the custodial death of a young principal of a private school in Awantipora.

Rizwan AsadPandith, 30, son of Assadullah Pandith, who was detained for questioningearlier this week, died in custody at the Cargo camp of the police in Srinagaron Tuesday.

Riwzan'sdeath fuelled the fresh wave of anger across Kashmir.

The call forshutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed AliGeelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The JRL hasalso asked people to stage protests against the custodial death of Rizwan onThursday and also on Friday after congregational prayers.

In Downtown,authorities restricted movement of people and the forces placed rolls ofconcertina wire on roads to prevent protests.

In Pulwama,including Awantipora, braving rains, tens of hundreds of people visitedRizwan's home to express solidarity with his family, witnesses said.

A witnesssaid that clashes were witnessed in parts of Downtown Srinagar, including NawaKadal, Sekidafar and Safa Kadal.

"Theprotesters hurled stones at the police, triggering mild clashes. Forces firedpepper and tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters," he said.

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