SHOPIAN: A complete shutdown was observed in Shopian for a second straight day on Friday to protest the disappearance of a popular youth from police custody.
Zubair Ahmad Turay son of Bashir Ahmad Turay resident of Shopian’s Bonbazar, according to police, fled from Keegam police station on May 1.
All the shops and other business establishments remained closed while thin traffic plied on roads. Locals have issued shutdown call against disappearance of Zubair till he is found.
“We demand the whereabouts of Zubair. Why no case has been registered against the police officers under whose watch he disappeared from the custody,” said locals.
On Friday morning youth took to the streets and pelted State Bank of India’s branch at Goal chowk, which was open despite the shutdown with stones. The bank was closed later and additional troops were rushed to the site. Zubair is popularly known as ‘Chota Geelani’ in the town. Zubair’s father Bashir Ahmad Turay had told this newspaper hat his son was arrested on March 3 when he was on his way home from Srinagar’s Humhama, where he had been summoned by CIK Humhama.
Meanwhile chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday expressed concern over the disappearance of Shopian youth Zubair Ahmad Turray from police custody and demanded his immediate whereabouts.
“Such type of incidents are of grave concern and it is unbelievable that a person will give slip to police while staying in lockup,” he said.
Geelani urged human rights organisations to take cognizance in this case. He “warned of dire consequences if anything untoward happens to Zubair Ahmad”.