Srinagar, April 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured when Indian police resorted to brute force against peaceful protesters in Baramulla town. People took to the streets and staged demonstrations in the town in support of the demand for the removal of an army camp and in protest against the arrest of youth by police. The police burst smoke shells and resorted to baton charge to disperse the protesters, resulting in the injuring of half a dozen persons.
On the other hand, the police used force to stop a protest march in Srinagar by family members of a civilian, Muhammad Ismail Shah, who was murdered in Srinagar central jail. Ismail Shah, a resident of Qazigund, was killed earlier this month.
His family members staged a demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar and told mediamen that the police had killed him in cold blood. They demanded probe into the killing by an independent committee.
“He (Shah) was killed by jail authorities. They are concealing facts and tampering with the evidence…we want independent probe into the matter,” said Akhter Hussain, son- in-law of Shah.
“My father was killed by central jail police. They are even refusing to give us the post mortem report,” said Shaheena, daughter of the deceased. “We will continue to fight till the accused are brought to book,” she added.
The family members tried to take out a procession towards Residency Road. The police swung into action and baton-charged the protesters, mostly females. Police later detained the protesters and lodged them at Kothi Bagh Police Station. Meanwhile, complete strike was observed in Tral against the arrest of a local youth.
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