Batamaloo slain youth’s kin receive ‘threats’

SRINAGAR: Police on Monday used batons and fired teargas canisters to quell a protest demonstration in Batamaloo area of the city.
The family of 23-year-old Wahid Yaqoob Lawdari, who was found dead in mysterious conditions in Himachal Pradesh earlier this month, took to streets along with dozens of relatives and residents of the area and staged a protest alleging that the youth’s brother has been receiving threats from unknown quarters.
A close associate of the family told Kashmir Reader that Yaqoob’s brother Shahid has been receiving letters and calls from unknown persons threatening him he would “meet the same fate as that of his brother”. On May 2, Yaqoob was found dead in mysterious conditions at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh.
Shops and business establishments remain closed in Firdousabad and its adjoining areas in Batamaloo after police baton charged the protestors. Eyewitnesses said the protestors were beaten by police and tear smoke shells were lobbed into the lanes and bylanes of Batamaloo.
Another family member said they lodged a complaint about the threats in police station Batamaloo, but the police is yet to initiate any action
However, a senior police officer at the police station said they are looking into the complaint.