Pulwama erupts after youth’s death in Hyderabad

A scene in Pulwama today. Photograph by Shahid Tantray

By News Desk

Death of a Kashmiri student from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in Hyderabad triggered massive protests in the district and other adjoining areas on Sunday. Massive protests and stone throwing was reported from various areas of the district apart from some locations in the north Kashmir district of Bandipora.

Mudasir Kamran Malla son of Ghulam Qasir Malla resident of Parigam Pulwama pursuing Ph.D in English at English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad was found hanging under mysterious circumstances in his hostel room Saturday night. As the word about Mudasir’s death spread in Pulwama area this morning people took to the streets and staged massive protests.

Normal life was thrown out of gear as markets were shut and traffic went off the roads in the district.

Protests and stone throwing by angry youths was reported from Newa, Kakapora and Koil townships of the district apart from Parigam, village of the deceased.

According to eye witnesses, a protest march from Parigam village towards Pulwama township was intercepted by police and CRPF at Newa township resulting in heavy stone pelting and tear gas shelling.  Pitched battles were also fought between police and angry youth at main town Pulwama apart from Kakapora and Koil townships of the district. Security personnel resorted to heavy tear gas shelling to disperse the agitated youths. Reports said several youth and policemen received minor injuries while as many youth were arrested by police in the areas. Eyewitnesses said some vehicles of Police and CRPF also received minor damage at Koil and Newa townships during stone pelting incidents. Some youth were also reported to have resorted to heavy stone pelting on police and CRPF near the Kakapora Police station.

Meanwhile, protests and incidents of stone pelting were also reported Sumbal, Sonawari and Naid Khai localities of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Heavy contingents of police and CRPF were deployed to tackle the law and order situation across the Pulwama district.

Unconfirmed reports said Mudasir was questioned by the Hyderabad police on the charges of having participated in the protest held against Afzal Guru’s hanging. Neighbours and family of Mudasir however have alleged that he has been murdered. “We had no contact with Mudasir for last six days. We are not ready to buy the argument that he has committed a suicide. It is clearly a case of murder,” said Ashiq Husain, elder brother of the deceased.

Meanwhile Comissioner of Hyderabad Police, Anurag Sharma denied allegations that Mudasir had become victim of any harassment.

“He was a PhD student in the English and foreign language university and was sharing his Hostel room with his friend Waseem from Maharshtra. Both were good friends in the beginning but later something went wrong between the two and Waseem complained to the University authorities against his roommate,” the Commissioner said.

He said the University authorities handed over the issue to Professor Mishra who later took both the students to a local Police station. “However the Police after counselling the duo sent them back to their Hostel. Unfortunately, Mudasir, perhaps took all this as a humiliation and couldn’t bear it and therefore committed suicide”, claimed the Police Commissioner.

Commissioner further dismissed reports that Mudasir was arrested with regard to leading any protests. “These are all speculations. It is a suicide and a simple suicide case has been registered. Dead body of Mudasir will reach Delhi today and then it will be sent to Kashmir without any delay,” Informed commissioner told a local news agency.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman in a statement issued here said Hyderabad police has registered a complaint against the University Proctor. “Hyderabad Police has lodged an FIR 79/2013 under section 306-IPC in police station Osmania University against the proctor. Further investigation in the case is going on and Jammu and Kashmir Police is in constant touch with the Hyderabad Police,” the police spokesman said.

SSP Pulwama, Amit Kumar said the case had nothing go to do with J&K Police. “There has been some dispute between the room mates and one of them had complained to the University Proctor. A Case has been registered by Hyderabad police,” he added.

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asghar Samoon termed the incident as unfortunate. “Investigations will reveal everything and we express our solidarity with the bereaved family. I have asked the concerned District Magistrate he said the administrations had not plans of imposing curfew in any area. “However, if needed, the concerned district administration will decide after taking situation into consideration,” he added.

Protests and stone pelting was going on in various areas of Pulwama when this report was filed. (KNS)

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