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Road blockade in Thannamandi
Protestors allege police inaction over ‘attack’ on 2 employees
RAJOURI, June 27: Agitated over alleged murderous attack on two government employees by three miscreants and police failure to arrest the culprits in Thannamandi, people blocked Jammu-Poonch highway and threatened to disturb Mughal road car rally at Thanamandi on Friday.

The protestor blocked the Rajouri-Poonch road today to show their anger after the police failed to arrest the culprits on Wednesday as was promised by the SSP.

A case under sections 307, 148, 323 and 341 RPC was registered at Rajouri Police Station against four accused involved in physical assault on two government employees last night. They were identified as Danish Raja, Shaqoor Ahmad, Amjad Mirza and Rashid Ahmed all resident of Sam Samat.

Police said that Tariq Khan, an officer in Tourism department, was on way to hospital at Rajouri from Thanamandi along with his wife and 5-month-old son who was not feeling well, last night. Near village Saj all the accused riding on a motorcycle when tried to overtake the car of Tariq slipped and fell down.

After chasing some distance, they stopped the car of Tariq Khan near village Fatehpur and after dragging him out started thrashing on the pretext that he did not give way to their motorcycle. Despite repeated request by Tariq that son is not feeling well and he has to take him to hospital all the accused continued to thrash him. Apprehending more trouble Tariq’s wife contacted Tariq brother Mehmood Khan, Child Development Project Officer, (CDPO), who was following them in his car.

On reaching at Fetehpur, Mehmood tried to save him from the accused but one of them also hit him on head with a rod and he fell unconscious. On noticing people approaching the site for help, all the miscreants fled from the scene on their motorcycle. People shifted both the injured brothers to district hospital Rajouri for treatment.

Meanwhile, relatives and people from Thanamandi reached at Saj and blocked the road to protest against police failure to protect the common people on Thanmandi-Rajouri road.

On the assurance of Mubasir Latifi, district SP that all the accused will be behind the bars before 11 am on Thursday, people cleared the road.

Today after failure of the police to arrest the culprits, people of Thanamandi under the leadership of Javed Khan, Shamsheer Ahmed and Mohammad Shabir today held protest and again blocked the road at Thannamandi for more than 3 hours. They warned the police to stop the 4th historical Mughal road car rally at Thanamandi on Friday if the culprits were not arrested, today.

Meanwhile, Nazir Ahmed Ganai, political leader, Mohammad Rafi president Hamdarad Foundation (NGO), Shahbaz Khan, Chairman, regional employees union and many others have condemned the attack on the CDPO and his brother and demanded stringent action against those who were involved in the attack.

“Historical Mughal road rally will pass on this road on June 28 and 29 and on the otherhand Amar Nath yatra was also commenced from today. Many pilgrims are moving on Mughal road for their forward journey to Phalgam and Baltal.

According to latest reports, case has been handed over to Thanamandi police and police party headed by Saheen Mirza, SHO has left the Police Station to arrest the accused.

News Updated at : Friday, June 28, 2013
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