Congress activist’s family stage anti-government protests

Baramulla: The family of a Congress party activist, whose son and nephew were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sopore town of this north Kashmir district last month, staged anti-government demonstrations here on Tuesday accusing police of failing to nab the killers.
The family members and relatives of Congress activist Khazir Mohammad Naikoo of Sopore assembled outside the office of Deputy Commissioner, Farooq Ahmad Lone here this afternoon and staged demonstrations, reports and eyewitnesses Tuesday said. Chanting slogans, the protesters alleged that police has failed to nab the killers of Naikoo’s son Manzoor Ahmad, and nephew Shabir Ahmed, who were fired upon by unknown gunmen at their house in Seelu, Sopore on June 20. The protesters alleged that the police was not carrying out the investigations effectively to ensure that the murderers of the two youth are put behind the bars. The protesters also submitted a written application to the DC Baramulla seeking pace in the investigations.
“The district administration, especially the police had promised us that all those involved in the murder of my brother and cousin will be arrested soon. However, a, month has passed but the case seems to make no headway. Where are the killers?” Manzoor’s brother Nazir Ahmad asked.
Police, he said, have arrested Mehraj-ud-din Khan of Mundji, who has confessed to the crime. However, the family, he said, wants to know about the other people involved in the murder of his brother.
“Apart from Raja Khan, no one has been arrested. We want police to come up with results,” he said.
Meanwhile, a senior police official rebuffed the allegations and said that everything was being done to take the case to its logical end.
“We can’t go and put anyone behind the bars on mere suspicion. We have to have evidence to arrest people. The case is being thoroughly investigated. The culprits will be arrested soon,” the officer added.