Dooru continues to be no-go area for unionists

Three NC lawmakers being stopped by police from going to Dooru. (Pic: NC)
Three NC lawmakers being stopped by police from going to Dooru. (Pic: NC)

KL News Network

SRINAGAR

South Kashmir’s Dooru belt that is witnessing serious tensions over the mysterious killing of a former sarpanch continues to be in a state of siege.

While Congress’s state president prevented twice from going to the area in last two days, on Sunday the police prevented three NC lawmakers Altaf Kaloo, Abdul Majeed Larmi and Dr Bashir Veeri from going to the belt. Kaloo and Larmi are MLAs and Veeri is member of the state’s upper house.

“We were mandated by the parry to visit Batagund in Dooru and in Kulgam where two killings took place in recent days,” Veeri told Kashmir Life on phone. “Apart from three of us, there were few others but as soon as we reached Junglat Mundi, we were stopped.” He said that cops beat his colleague Altaf Kaloo and he was injured – he received a minor injury in his finger. “Later, we were driven to the police station where we were kept for 90 minutes and then driven to the office of SSP,” Veeri said. “We were just now released.”

Kaloo said he has an injury in his shoulfder. “Doctors gave me two injections to manage pain,” he said.

“They were on their way to offer condolences and were stopped,” NC leader Nasir Sogami told Kashmir Life. “It is unfortunate that nowq even lawmakers are prevented from mourning the deaths.” He said it seems fishy in Dooru. “If they have nothing to hide, why are they preventing the lawmakers from visiting the area,” Sogami said. He revealed that in police action that prevented the three lawmakers of his party, Altaf Kaloo was injured.

The area is shocked over the killing of Sajjad Ahmad, a young man who was earlier with Congress and came out of it at the peak of 2016s summer unrest. He was in police detention and was killed by army in a most suspicious shooting in recent days.

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