Protests over youth's death rock Srinagar

27 May 2009
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: Normal life came to a standstill in most parts of interior city as groups of people protesting the death of a 22-year-old youth clashed with police at a number of places for the second day on Wednesday. Shouting pro-freedom and pro-religious slogans, groups of youth took to streets at over a dozen places including Safakadal, Bohrikadal, Sakidaffer, Kani Kadal, Eidgah, Rajouri Kadal and Gojwara on Wednesday morning and indulged in stone-pelting, officials said. Police and paramilitary forces deployed in strength in the areas chased away the protestors, who were demanding action against the policemen responsible for the killing of Arif Ayub. Arif, a resident of Ganderpora locality of Eidgah, was critically injured during a protest at Rajouri Kadal on Friday last and succumbed to injuries at Soura Medical institute on Tuesday, sparking massive protests during which seven persons including a senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and two policemen were injured. All shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicles were diverted to other routes in view of the tense situation in old city areas.