Protesters demand Zubair’s whereabouts, call disappearance ‘mysterious’
SHOPIAN: A complete shutdown was observed on third consecutive day on Saturdayhere against the ‘mysterious’ disappearance of Zubair Ahmad Turray. The 23-year-old gave police at Keegam police station a slip on May 1, police said.
The shutdown brought the life in the town to a standstill. Business establishments and majority of schools were closed while the movement of traffic was thin. Youth came out on streets and pelted stones on government forces deployed in Alyalpora and Bonbazar areas of the town. Forces retaliated with tear smoke to disperse them.
Protesters said they did not believe the police’s version of the story about the youth’s disappearance. Zubair, who has not been traced since, spent years in custody. He was first arrested at the age of 11 and has been slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA) seven times since then.
The current shutdown is to press for Zubair’s whereabouts. “The shutdown will continue till he is found,” a protester said. Zubair’s father, Bashir Ahmad Turay, however distanced himself from the shutdown call. “I don’t know anything about shutdown call. It was announced on loudspeakers of Masjids and I have nothing to do with it. All I demand is my son back,” Bashir said.