Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed on Tuesday for more than five hours by angry Gujjars demonstrating against the death of a protester in alleged police firing on Monday during an anti-encroachment drive in Sarore area of Samba district.
SHO Bari Brahmana Bharat Sharma has already been placed under suspension over the death of Mohammad Yaqoob in police firing.
Demanding that a case be filed against Sharma, the protesters blocked the highway by placing the body of Yaqoob on the highway.
The protesters told KNS news agency over phone that Sharma “intentionally” killed Yaqoob during a demolition drive in the area. “An FIR should be lodged against the accused so that the action would be taken against him,” they said.
Rejecting any monetary compensation, the protesters demanded an FIR against the accused official.
“Until our demands aren’t met, we will not allow traffic to ply on the highway,” warned the angry protesters.
Meanwhile, Gujjar and Bakerwal community on Tuesday staged a protest here at press enclave against the drive launched by Jammu Development Authority (JDA).
The protesters expressed concern over the government policy of suppression and said if Gujjar’s will be targeted again, they will launch state wide agitation.The protesting community led by Gujjar and Bakerwal Students Welfare Association, Vice President Zahid Chowdary said the authorities have no control over the BJP and RSS leaders who use police to suppress Muslims in different district of Jammu division. “During the demolition drive, arson and loot, RSS goons draping saffron flags were passing directions to the police while SHO Bari Brahmana acted as mute spectator and encouraged the illegal acts of their men and RSS goons,” Chowdary said.
The government has constituted a team to investigate the matter led by Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Fazl-ul-Haq and Choudhary Zaffar, Chairman of Gujjar and Bakarwal Board.