Pulwama: A complete shutdown was observed in Newa village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday against delay in investigation of alleged murder case of a sumo driver.
The residents blocked the road and interrupted traffic on Pulwama-Srinagar road. The sumo driver, Shabir Ahmad was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Newa area on September 30, 2017.
Shops and business establishments in Newa remained closed while public and private transport remained off roads.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that the protesters were chanting slogans and alleged dilly-dallying in the investigation.
“Nearly one month has passed but police have not cracked the ‘murder case’ of the sumo driver,” said one of the relatives.
Police officials told Kashmir Reader that when they reached the spot to pacify the protesters, they resorted to stone pelting.
“It is unfortunate that many people started pelting stones on the police party forcing us to fire bullets in air and teargas shelling,” a police official said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama, Mohammad Aslam Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that they were investigating the case and would divulge the details to the media in next few days.
He said that the driver was caught in a love affair, which has probably gone awry. “The driver had wounded his hand with glass and a deep wound has led to heavy loss of blood,” he said adding that many suspects were being questioned.