Strike in Varmul over youth’s death

A day after a ‘militant’ was found dead in a residential house in north Kashmir’s Varmul district, a shutdown was observed in the parts of the district over his death.


The first year student, Mudasir Ahmad Sofi, who, according to police, was behind rifle snatching incident at Pattan on last week, was found dead in a residential house at Suraipora village of Kreei. Police said the youth from Palhallan was a militant and his body was found after they heard few gunshots when there was cordon in the village.


The police said they recovered the snatched rifle and few cartridges near his body and they are investigating how he died. But a local police officer had said he died after the bullets from the INSAS rifle hit his abdomen.   


Meanwhile, a complete shutdown amid clashes was observed in Pattan, Palhallan and Kreer. Eyewitnesses told GNS that all the shops and business establishments were shut in these areas and there were protests and clashes at Palhallan, the youth’s native village.


The locals of Palhallan had alleged that the youth was killed in government forces’ custody.


Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) strongly condemned the ‘mysterious’ death of Mudasir and paid glowing tributes to the slain. The JKLF alleged that the youth was killed by forces in custody and termed it ‘revenge killing’.