The killing of a middle aged man allegedly by so-called "cow vigilantes" in this frontier town on Thursday triggered wide spread protest and outrage, forcing administration to impose curfew.
A local while giving the details of the incident said that 3persons were heading towards their native place -Mohalla Qilla Bhaderwah at 2am on Thursday with their cattle, when they reached near village Nalthi, theywere fired upon allegedly by cow vigilantes, killing Naem Ahmed Shah, 50, onthe spot, while two others managed to escape with minor injuries. The incident triggered wide spread protestas people were demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
Police claimed that seven suspects of village Kaathi-Nalthihave been detained. However, the main suspect is absconding.
Meanwhile, protestors pelted stones at police station,demanding that the culprits be handed over to them. To disperse the mob policefired tear gas shells, which further infuriated the protestors, who vandalisedthe parked vehicles and also burnt a couple of auto rickshaws and a bike atSeri Bazaar, Takia Chowk and Pasri bus stand.
The administration was forced to impose curfew and Army wasalso called to control the situation, said an official.
"This is a cold-blooded murder and has been carried outat the behest of the extremist elements, who are hell bent to polarize thesituation here. If the kingpins are not booked immediately, this will havedangerous consequences," said Parvaiz Ahmed Sheikh, presidentAnjuman-e-islamia Bhadarwah.
The District Development Commissioner Doda, Dr SagarDoifode, SSP Shabir Ahmed Malik and Commander 4 Sector RR Brig N JSingh,according to the officials, are camping at Bhadarwah to keep a watch over thesituation.
The DDC Doda appealed people to remain calm and maintainpeace. "Law will take its own course and all the culprits will brought to thebook," he added.