Srinagar on boil after ‘murder’ of Yasin Malik’s kin (Second Lead)

February 24th, 2009 - 10:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Feb 24 (IANS) Around a dozen people were injured in clashes between protesters and security men here after Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammed Yasin Malik’s kin was found “murdered” in mysterious circumstances.
The body of Shabir Ahmad Sheikh, an autorickshaw driver, was found in Bemina, on the outskirts of Srinagar, in the morning.

Sheikh, a Srinagar resident, was apparently strangled to death.

“We have registered an FIR under section 302 of the criminal penal code,” district police chief Afadul Mujtaba told reporters.

“Investigations would be carried out swiftly to trace those responsible for the murder,” Mujtaba said.

Protests erupted in the Maisuma locality adjacent to city centre Lal Chowk soon after the news of the murder spread.

Protesters forced closure on markets and traffic in the Lal Chowk, Maisuma and Residency Road areas as they carried the body for burial in the Dal Gate area of the city.

Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) used batons and fired dozens of tear smoke shells to disperse stone pelting protesters.

Around a dozen protesters and security men were injured in the clashes as stone pelting protesters kept on regrouping from lanes and bylanes of the densely populated area to target the security personnel.

Two local journalists covering the incident were among those injured in the clashes.

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