Peerbagh Youth Murder: The Uptown Clashes

On chilly Thursday morning, the news of a youth murdered went viral as his dead body was found at Railway track near Humhama in outskirts of summer capital. Bilal Bahadur drove straight to the spot to capture actions of angry local populace as intense clashes erupted in the area following the death of the young engineering student. Kashmir Life could not use the photo of the slain youth as it was too graphic

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In morning, mangled body of Owais Bashir Malik was retrieved from Peerbagh locality. His uncle M Yusuf told Kashmir Life that Owais left at 5 pm on Tuesday; Jan 13.
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When he did not came back home that evening, his family members called relatives to enquire his whereabouts.
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At around 12 on Wednesday, his family lodged a complaint with Humhama police station. They also traveled to Gogoland and Rangreth army camps to look out for him.
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An engineering student of Kite Polytechnic College, Owais was a resident of Peerbagh near Ahl Hadees Masjid.
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On Thursday afternoon, protesters fought pitched battles with police and paramilitary forces on busy Lal Chowk-Humhama airport road at Hyderpora in city outskirts. The clashed disrupted traffic on the vital Airport road and many passengers, including NC working president Omar Abdullah, were stranded on the road on their way to Airport to board flights. (KNS inputs)
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The vehicular movement into the area was disallowed. Shopkeepers downed their shutters in anticipation of trouble.
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Police and paramilitary forces fired tear-smoke canisters. Loud bangs rang out during afternoon following which people ran helter-skelter.
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The fierce protests forced people to stay indoors. Some of the commuters took alternative routes to move in and out of the area.
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When contacted, JKP spokesperson said, “we are managing peoples’ anger which has hindered our investigation into the murder.” Police have registered a case under 302 sec of RPC.

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