The death of a cleric in a road accident sparked protest in Nani-nara Sumbal area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district while people observed complete shut-down and blocked Srinagar-Bandipora highway for traffic demanding immediate arrest of the erring tipper driver who according to them was allegedly drunk and fled from the spot after crushing Imam to death.
Eyewitnesses told a local news agency, CNS, a 35 year old cleric Fayaz Ahmed Mir resident of Gutlibagh Ganderbal was crushed to death after he was hit by a speedy tipper (JK02R-2286) at Nani-nara Sumbal. The cleric according to locals was on way to attend a marriage ceremony. Locals said that the driver was drunk who soon after hitting the cleric fled from the spot.
Reports said that cleric was taken to Sub-District Hospital Sumbal where doctors declared him brought dead. Agitated people allege that police did not make any effort to nab the erring driver. Amid anti-police slogans the protesters ransacked the hospital equipments. They alleged that accidents occur on daily basis near Nani-nara area of Sumbal due to narrow roads while authorities have failed to widen it from past six years.
People observed shut-down and blocked traffic on Srinagar-Bandipora road while all the shops and business establishments remained closed.
The protestors dispersed after DC Bandipora Shah Faisal rushed to spot and assured the protestors that the driver would be arrested and road near Nani-nara will be widen in coming days. DC Bandipora also sanctioned a compensation of Rs 30,000 in favour of the deceased.
A police official told CNS that they have already arrested the driver and seized his tipper. The official identified the tipper driver as Irfan Ahmed son of Bashir Ahmed resident of Sadarkot Bala Sumbal. “We have registered a case vide FIR number 173/2014 under section 304A of RPC,” he said.