Protests broke in Kashmir’s Sopore over a shopkeeper’s alleged custodial killing. (Representational)


All web companies have been snapped in north Kashmir’s Sopore after loss of life of a shopkeeper, allegedly in police custody, led to protests. The household has alleged that Irfan Ahmad Dar was tortured to loss of life after he and his brother, Javid Ahmad, had been picked up by police from their store on Tuesday afternoon.

Because the information of Dar’s loss of life unfold, protests broke out as family and neighbours gathered to mourn the alleged killing. Protesters shouted slogans towards police and denounced the alleged custodial loss of life of the 24-year-old man.

The police have claimed that Dar “labored with terrorists”¬†and died after he tried to flee from custody. A police spokesman stated the physique was discovered close to a stone quarry however did not elaborate how Dar might have died.

“The person, whereas making the most of darkness and terrain, managed to flee relating to which a separate case has been registered. Throughout a search, his physique was discovered close to a stone quarry of Tujjar Sharief,” stated police assertion.

The police assertion additionally claims that two China-made hand grenades had been recovered from Dar’s possession after he was picked up on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, his household has stated the restoration of grenades is “false” and that no weapons had been recovered from the 2 brothers.

“They’ve killed an harmless man in custody. Irfan was picked up along with his brother Javid yesterday (Tuesday). Whereas Javid was launched, we heard Irfan has been tortured to loss of life in custody,” Dar’s relative stated, requesting that he not be named.

“The policemen got here in civilian costume at 12:30 within the afternoon (and took Irfan). They got here again at 3PM and picked up Javid as properly. No restoration of arms was created from right here (the store). I simply can’t consider that he has been killed him in custody,” he stated.

Low-speed web companies have been restored within the Kashmir valley in a phased method since January this 12 months. Web companies had been suspended in August final 12 months after the abrogation of Article 370 when Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two union territories. Excessive pace web companies have solely been restored in two of the 20 districts.

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