Protest over death in custody shuts Indian Kashmir

Nazim Rashid, a shopkeeper, was declared dead early Sunday, with no reason provided as to the cause.

Afp August 03, 2011

SRINAGAR: A one-day general strike called in Indian Kashmir by separatists to protest the death of a shopkeeper in police custody Wednesday closed down shops, schools and offices.

"The strike is to protest this gross human rights violation," said chief organiser Syed Ali Geelani in a statement.

The strike was widely followed in the main city of Srinagar and other towns, including Sopore where the weekend incident happened, police sources and residents said.

Nazim Rashid, a shopkeeper, was detained by counter-insurgency police on Saturday in the northern town of Sopore. He was declared dead early Sunday, with no reason provided as to the cause.

Police said Monday they had registered a murder case and suspended three officers following the death of the 28-year-old man.

But Geelani insisted there should be an impartial enquiry by a UN body or international human rights groups.

Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah promised "swift and exemplary action" in a Twitter post on Sunday.

Rashid's family has also called for an independent probe, even as the Sopore police chief was transferred late Tuesday to ensure a "free and fair probe".

Last year more than 110 people were killed when police and security forces opened fire during a series of demonstrations triggered by the death of a 17-year-old youth who was hit by a police teargas shell.

Last week there were protests against the alleged rape of a woman by soldiers.


poppy | 10 years ago | Reply @Bangash: this lol trying hard to make something for a separate kashmir state. first take care of ur own problems. where were you when there was karachi violence, balochistan, uyghur's problem in china, syrian killings, egyptian issue, bahrain protest,??? so first be loyal to urself
Vicram Singh | 10 years ago | Reply

@Bangash: " ... Indians have no mercy for Kashmiris, all selfish Indians care about is Indian flag flying in Kashmir, no matter how many Kashmiris are killed by Indian Army. ... "

When Muslims have the upper hand, the sword swings; when Muslims are on the receiving end, it is usually calls for considerations on lines of humanity and compassion. Ditch the double standards, keep fighting or make peace for good.

On another note, if non-Kashmiri Indians flooded Indian Kashmir like the Han Chinese do, there would be no Kashmir issue, there would be no Pakistan left - because it is quest for Kashmir which keeps the Pakistani nation together.

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