Jamaat man’s ‘custodial killing’ brings normal life to halt in Kashmir. Shutdown across the valley, protest demonstrations and clashes between protesters and police at several places

KR Report

The valley of Kashmir, Wednesday, is reeling under a general shutdown in protest against a teacher’s death in the custody of Special Operation Group (SOG).

All the business establishments, workplaces and market are closed. The vehicular movement on roads is nominal. Protest demonstrations have been taken out at some places while the protesters clashed with police at Awantipora, Pulwama and some pockets of Srinagar as well.

Authorities have blocked the internet service in Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Anantnag and Shopian districts.

Rizwan Assad Pandit, a resident of Awantipora was arrested by the SOG men on Sunday (March 17) in connection with some militant case. The SOG men told the family not to report his arrest to anyone as he would be released within a day or two. He was lodged at Cargo headquarters of the SOG.

On Tuesday, Rizwan’s father got a call from the SOG office to take the body of his son as he died in custody.

His father Assadullah Pandit, a retired teacher and a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami, called his son’s death as “cold-blooded murder” by his interrogators. Jamaat-e-Islami was banned by the central government, last month.

The ‘killing’ of Rizwan has pushed the valley virtually over the edge, and a wave of anger is sweeping.

Pro India parties and leaders including Omar Abdullah, Mahbooba Mufti, Naeem Akhtar, Altaf Bukhari, Sajjad Lone and several other have condemned the ‘killing’ of Rizwan in custody. they have demanded fair probe and immediate action against the guilty.

(photo: representational)

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