Kishtwar town in Chenab valley region Monday observed bandh following the death of a youth. A procession was also held in the area.
Protestors were raising slogans against the police and were demanding inquiry in to the death of a youth.
Reports said that a youth Shabar Hussain (38), son of Shah Wali of Gurian Bilal Abab of Kishtwar was involved in some case and there was an FIR lodged against him.
Reports added that he had surrendered before the court a few days ago and court authorities had sent the youth to the police station concerned.
Locals alleged that Hussain was ruthlessly beaten by the police and his vital organ was damaged during the torture and was sent to hospital but due to his deteriorating condition he was referred to GMC Jammu for advance treatment but he breathed his last in the hospital.
Relatives of the deceased alleged that his death occurred due to heavy torture by the police. Post mortem was conducted, report of which is still awaited. His dead body was brought to his native place and today villagers and his relatives held a protest in front of Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner’s office.
The call for bandh was given by Imam of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar which was supported by various social and religious organisations. The villagers protested against the “high handedness” of police.
Later, villagers sat on dharna in front of DDC office Kishtwar which interrupted the vehicular traffic for hours. It was only after the intervention of Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, Ghulam Nabi Balwan, that the dharna was lifted.
Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Ghulam Nabi Balwan told Kashmir Life that inquiry has been ordered in to the matter which is being initiated by senior officials among the district administration.
He further said that whosoever is involved will be punished according to the law.