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Kashmir youth’s ‘killing’ in AP sparks massive protests
Family demands high level inquiry
SRINAGAR, July 7: The mysterious killing of Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, 28, in Andhra Pradesh (AP) sparked protests and clashes here in his native village Soozath Narbal, injuring many protesters including a police officer.

The clashes erupted between agitating youth, police and CRPF this morning when locals blocked Srinagar-Muzzafarabad highway near Narbal crossing after they came to know that Asharaf has been killed in Andhra Pradesh.

The protesters were demanding airlifting of Ashraf’s body. They also demanded that state government should initiate a high level enquiry to know the actual cause of his killing.

When the agitated youth did not relent and continued to block the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad highway for many hours, the police and CRPF used force and burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the protestors.

The police action provoked the youth as they retaliated with stones and bricks. During the ding dong battle many protesters including SHO Parimpora got injured. However, the large contingent of police and CRPF and Army was deployed who managed to bring the situation under control and reopened the highway for vehicular traffic.

Talking to Kashmir Times, relatives of the deceased youth alleged that Asharaf was murdered in Andhra Pradesh and rejected police theory that he was ill and died in train, while returning home. His relatives also said that he was in good health and had gone to Chennai couple of weeks ago in search of a job.

His relatives said that Asharaf had a friend in Chennai who had promised him to arrange a job in the city. “Since he left the home, he was in contact with his family. On the interim night of July 6, some police officials called his family that Asharaf is no more and his body is lying in Andhra Pradesh police station,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, one of the relatives of Ashraf.

His relative said that Asharaf was working with a private security company and had worked in Hotel Capture also. “He had gone to Hyderabad for a better job. But his journey proved fatal and he was killed under mysterious circumstances,” he said.

The family has demanded that state government should initiate a high level investigation so that actual cause of his killing would be known and culprits would be brought to justice. “Asharaf has two daughters after he got married few years ago. The entire family is traumatized after the incident,” the said.

A police spokesman issued a statement over his killing said that Asharaf had gone to New Delhi initially where from he had gone to Chennai in search of some job. The spokesman further said that he was not well and was returning home by Andoman Express and on the way to home he died.

The spokesman further said his dead body was spotted by some passengers who informed the Railway Police at Ram Gundum Police out post, under the jurisdiction of police station Qazipeath, Karim Nagar, Andhra Pradesh.

News Updated at : Sunday, July 8, 2012
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