Mob set ablaze houses of 3 accused

Mob set ablaze houses of 3 accused

24 January 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Five persons were injured and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Central Kashmir's Budgam district escaped unhurt, when an irate mob attacked a Police Station and set ablaze houses of three accused persons involved in the murder of a People's Democratic Party (PDP) worker in Chadoora area of Central Kashmir today. After a massive hunt launched in Chadoora, Police last night arrested three persons who allegedly murdered PDP worker Nazir Ahmad Dar yesterday. Dar had gone missing three days ago and his body was recovered from under a culvert near Dolipora village yesterday morning. In the morning today, a large number of people of Badipora and other villages after hearing the news about the arrest of the three people for murder of Dar attacked Police Station Chadoora. The mob was demanding custody of the three accused and pelted stones on Police Station and police. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Budgam, Uttam Chand and Deputy Commissioner (DC) Budgam, Mohammad Rafi's vehicle was also hit by a stone. However, both of them escaped unhurt. The duo had gone to Chadoora to pacify the mob. Police swung into action and charged batons and fired tear shells to disperse the mob. Three people were injured in the stampede, police said. Later the mob went to village Dolipora and set afire two houses belonging to the three culprits. A Police party was rushed to the spot but they couldn't control the mob. Two persons who were among the arsonists received burn injuries. The injured have been identified as Mohammad Shafi Magray and Mohammad Yusuf Magray. They were shifted to Srinagar for treatment. Chadoora area was tense and additional police force has been deployed in the area to prevent further violence. Shops and business establishments in the area remained closed in protest against the murder of the PDP worker. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Budgam, Uttam Chand, told Excelsior that police had launched a massive man hunt after they received missing report about Dar on Sunday night. The SSP said that three persons identified as Hilal Ahmad Yatoo son of Ghulam Qadir Yatoo, Ghulam Qadir Yatoo son of Abdul Karim Yatoo and Shabir Ahmad Lone son of Abdul Aziz Lone residents of Dolipora, involved in the killing of Dar were arrested last night. The SSP said that the three accused wanted to take away gold items from Dar's shop. 'However, they didn't manage it as police had deployed its personnel around the shop to trap the culprits', he added. The SSP said that Hilal and Shabir were keeping track of the activities of the deceased Dar for past 20 days. 'Dar was travelling on foot from his shop at Badipora to Ratherpora in the evening', the SSP said. 'In order to ascertain the quantity of gold in Dar's locker, few days back the duo purchased gold items worth ' 84, 000 from his shop', said the SSP. 'They made cash payment of ' 50, 000 and gave him as postdated check worth ' 17,000 and asked him to collect ' 17,000 cash from Hilal's residence', the SSP said. 'On January 21, Hilal spoke to Dar on phone and called him home to collect the cash from his residence. After paying him ' 17,000 cash, Dar left for home. Hilal and Shabir attacked him with an iron rod outside the house and then hid his body in the tin shed outside Hilal's house', the SSP said. Hilal, his father Ghulam Qadir Yatoo and Shabir Ahmad kept the body inside the tin shed and put it in the gunny bag and dumped it under the culvert near the Dolipora during the night.