Kathua, rape- murder victim’s family abandon home amid rising communal tension in Kathua

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Srinagar: The family members of the Kathua rape and murder victim, have abandoned their home in Rasana village out of fear after a strike call was issued by the Jammu Bar Association to protest against the investigation into the case by Jammu and Kashmir police’s crime branch, media reports said on Thursday.
According to a report published by Firstpost, late on Tuesday evening, after a general strike was called by the Bar association Jammu against the crime branch for “mishandling the case”, the victim’s father Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala, along with his wife, two children and livestock, left their house silently and suddenly, without informing anyone, only to surface at the house of his brother in Samba district.
The family was supposed to move towards Kashmir next month along with other nomads from the village. “But after the strike and protests were called in Jammu, they decided to abandon their home,” the report said quoting Nisar Ahmad Khan, Pujwala’s brother.
Khan told Firstpost that Pujwala did not want to leave his house but “felt insecure” living with his family, including his father and mother, at their home amid rising communal tensions in the district.
Pujwala had adopted Asifa after his two daughters had met with an accident and died. His wife had asked Pujwala to adopt Asifa, who was the daughter of his brother, Akhtar.

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