A day after a Gujjar protester was allegedly killed in police firing in Sarore area of Samba district; the locals in the area on Tuesday laid the dead body of Gujjar protester on the main road for more than four hours and blocked the National Highway in the area. The locals were chanting slogans against the police officials involved in the killing of Gujjar identified as Muhammad Yaqoob. They were demanding that the case should be registered against the accused official. The protesters while talking to KNS over phone said that Station House Officer (SHO), Bharast Sharma intentionally killed Yaqoob during an anti-demolition drive in the area. “An FIR should be lodged against the accused so that the action would be taken against him,” he said. The protesters said that they don’t want any compensation from the authorities but the only thing they are demanding is to register a case against the accused official. “Until our demands won’t met, we will not allow traffic to ply on National Highway,” the angry protesters said. Meanwhile, the government has also constituted a team to investigate the matter led by Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Fazl-ul-Haq and Choudhary Zaffar, Chairman of Gujjar and Bakrwal Board. The senior National Conference (NC) leaders including Mian Altaf and S S Salafiya is also present in the area. Mian Altaf while talking to KNS said that they appealed police officials to take strict action against the involved culprits. “Police officials who were present on the spot showed the suspend order of SHO and after that the protesters dispersed peacefully,” he said. Altaf told KNS that he appealed higher ups that the culprit involved in the killings shouldn’t be protected. “The guilty should be punished,” he said. He said that Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) provided a compensation of 5 lakh rupees to the family of Gujjar protester who was killed in police firing while the police officials also provided one lakh rupees to them. Altaf later appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor N N Vohra to look into the situation in Jammu, which is getting worsen day by day.
2015 Kashmir Despatch