Traders hold protest against custodial death of Awantipora teacher

Traders hold protest against custodial death of Awantipora teacher
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Srinagar: Various trade bodies on Thursday held a protest here against the custodial death of a school teacher –Rizwan Pandit. Scores of traders affiliated with KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trade bodies participated in the joint protest held outside Jamia Masjid.
Joint Resistance Leadership had called for protests on Thursday.
The protesters carried placards and raised slogans against the custodial death of Rizwan Pandit. They demanded that the killing spree in the Valley should be stopped.
“Killing of a school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy,” said the spokesman of trade bodies – Sajad Gul, according to the statement.
Terming this killing highly unfortunate, he said: “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the government continues, there will be serious consequences,” he said.
“Civilians continue to get killed which is the worst form of human rights abuses in Kashmir,” Gul said, adding, “Because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are killed, which is condemnable in all forms.”