Communal violence in J&K’s Bhaderwah town, curfew imposed

Published: May 17, 2019 12:20:01 AM

According to sources, Naeem Ahmad Shah (50), a resident of Qilla Mohalla in Bhaderwah, was walking home from Basti village with two others, when he was shot by some people at Nalthi bridge around 2 am on Thursday.

Curfew in Jammu and Kashmir (File photo)Curfew in Jammu and Kashmir (File photo)

By ARUN SHARMA

COMMUNAL VIOLENCE broke out in Bhaderwah town of Doda district on Thursday morning as the killing of a man triggered protests in the area. While the victim’s family claimed he was targeted on suspicion of being involved in cattle trade, the Doda district administration ruled out cow vigilantism as the reason behind the murder.

According to sources, Naeem Ahmad Shah (50), a resident of Qilla Mohalla in Bhaderwah, was walking home from Basti village with two others, when he was shot by some people at Nalthi bridge around 2 am on Thursday.

Quoting one of the men accompanying Shah, identified as Yakir Hussain, sources said when the men reached near Nalthi bridge, they noticed some people hiding behind the bushes. These people allegedly started abusing them and accused them of being cattle smugglers.

One of the men accompanying Shah reportedly switched on a torch to show that they were taking mules, not cows. But someone fired from behind the bushes, killing Shah on the spot. Hussain and the other man managed to flee to Qilla Mohalla.

Later, the residents of Qilla Mohalla staged protests at Nalthi bridge. They refused to take Shah’s body till the accused were arrested. The protests continued for nearly four hours.

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