Protests erupted between the youth and the police in Ganderbal’s Kangan area on Thursday after chief minister Mehbooba Mufti concluded her visit to the family of Gowhar Ahmed Rather. Hundreds of people, mostly women, resorted to anti-government sloganeering, and the slain man’s father was part of the protest.

Reports said the people of the area, mostly women assembled near slain Goweher’s residence shouting anti-governmental, pro-Azadi slogans after Chief Minister left the area. There was the thick presence of the local population at the time of Ms Mufti’s arrival. Most of them were around the house when she was meeting the family.

Slain Gowhar’s Father Abdul Rehman Rather told reporters, after Mufti’s return, that, they have put forth three demands before the Chief Minister. “We will get her response by the end of the day,” Rehman said.

Rehman said the dismissal from service of the policeman who killed Gowhar was top of the demand. “Chief Minister listened silently and did not respond to the demand,” Rehman said.

Already, the police have “detained” the cop Gulzar Ahmad. Police said they have already registered an FIR against him and the investigations are going on.

Rehman said he also complained to the Chief Minister about the arbitrary change of the FIR.

However, a police official told Kashmir Life over the phone that protests erupted after Chief Minister’s visit in the area, adding that the situation is under control now.

Pertinent to mention, a magisterial probe has been ordered besides the departmental inquiry being conducted by the police.


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