February 2004 News

Bandipora Protests

27 February 2004
The Statesman

Srinagar: Fresh protests were witnessed in Bandipora as people defied an indefinite curfew in the town to attend the burial of a youth killed in yesterday's police firing even as chief minister Mufti Md Sayeed ordered an enquiry by the DGP into the incident, officials said here. Despite a curfew imposed in the north Kashmir town early today fearing a law and order problem, people took to the streets in large numbers after Mushtaq Wani's burial, forcing the police to burst teargas shells and resort to lathicharge to disperse the crowd. Although the authorities said no one would be allowed to go to Bandipora while curfew was in force, National Conference president Mr Omar Abdullah visited the town though separatist leaders such as Democratic Freedom Party president Mr Shabir Shah were detained en route to the town.


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