Day-long protests, clashes in Bem­ina

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

BEM­INA, IHK—Mas­sive protests and clashes rocked Bem­ina area of Srinagar on Tues­day against killing of a youth—who po­lice and gov­ern­ment claimed was a mil­i­tant—in a shootout on Sri­na­garJammu high­way on Wed­nes­day. The slain youth’s fam­ily ac­cused po­lice of de­lib­er­ately deny­ing them the body of their son.

Wit­nesses said Ibrahim Colony at Bem­ina—the na­tive place of slain youth Tan­vir Sultan—wit­nessed mas­sive clashes be­tween youth and po­lice since early Tues­day morn­ing. The clashes es­ca­lated af­ter po­lice de­nied hand­ing over Tan­vir’s body even till 8:30 pm.

Ac­cord­ing to fam­ily mem­bers of Tan­vir, po­lice fired dozens of tear-gas shells at the protest­ing youths and also at the house of the slain youth. What trig­gered anger among the youth was con­tin­ued de­nial of Tan­vir’s body by po­lice to his fam­ily for the last rites.

“We met the con­cerned Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice and sought in­for­ma­tion as to why the body of Tan­vir is not be­ing handed over to us. He said the ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing the body is yet to reach the Jawhar Tun­nel. He said the same thing in the af­ter­noon. We smell a rat in his claims,” said Tan­vir’s brother, Ar­shid Sultan.

Ear­lier, an­gered over the delay, Chair­man of lo­cal Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee Muham­mad Shafi Shah said if po­lice doesn’t hand over the body till ‘If­taar’, they won’t lay it to rest.

As per re­ports, the area re­mained tense as the youth had placed big rocks in the mid­dle of house where mourn­ers had gath­ered. Mean­while, Tan­vir’s brother Ar­shid Sultan said the de­ci­sion of the Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee stands. “Po­lice wants us to of­fer fu­neral prayers silently which is un­ac­cept­able his body. We won’t bury him in pres­ence of just 20 odd peo­ple.”

Ar­shid said they want to lay Tan­vir to rest at Mar­tyrs’ Grave­yard at Bat­maloo where one of their broth­ers is al­ready buried.

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