Two youths identified in Srinagar stone-pelting case

Last Updated: Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 15:40

Srinagar: Two youths allegedly involved in
the stone-pelting incident, which killed a civilian at Batmaloo
locality here last week, have been identified and efforts are
on to arrest them, a police officer said on Sunday.

"We have identified two of the culprits involved in the
killing of Shafiq Ahmad Sheikh and efforts are on to arrest
them," Inspector Zahoor Ahmad, Station House Officer of Police
Station Batmaloo who is investigating the case said.

Sheikh (40), an employee in education department, was
killed when a mob attacked a mini-bus at Batmaloo on Friday
following which police registered a murder case against the
unidentified accused and started investigations.

"About seven to eight youth were involved in the stone-
pelting incident and two of them have been identified," Ahmad
said while expressing hope that all the accused would be
tracked soon.

"It is an open and a transparent case where his death
resulted due to injuries by the stone-pelting. We have talked
to eye-witnesses and people there and got information about
these hooligans," he added.

The incident had occurred when a group indulged in stone
pelting to enforce closure of shops to protest precautionary
measures taken by authorities to prevent a march planned by
hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who
was put under house arrest.

Meanwhile, the ruling National Conference
today took out a peace march, asking separatists to
refrain from strikes.

"The march is a clear message to separatists and other
forces inimical to peace to shun the politics of strikes and
stone-pelting... the people are fed up with violence and want
return of peace," Minister of State for Tourism Nasir Aslam
Wani said.


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First Published: Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 15:40

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