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Islamabad: The south Kashmir’s Anantag town today again erupted in protests after police detained scores of youth during nocturnal raids who allegedly participated in the protests in last four days against the killing of trucker Zahid Rasool in Undhampur district by Hindu fanatics.

According to eye witnesses, large number of people took to the roads in Mattan Chowk and accused police of “highhandedness”. They said police rounded up several youth in the township which were mourning the death of Zahid and protested against this communal murder. As soon the protests started, the people from various other localities including women and children joined them and demanded the release of youth detained by police.

 The locals said that police started nocturnal raids after township returned to normalcy on Saturday after remaining tense for over four days when Zahid died in Safder Gunj Hospital in Delhi due to severe burn injuries. He was set afire on 9 October by a mob of Hindu fanatics in Udhampur district and was later shifted to Safder Gunj Hospital for specialized treatment.  

"This is irony that Hindus in Jammu are allowed to take out rallies carrying arms and here we are not even being allowed to mourn the killings of our loved ones. Mufti has betrayed the people of the valley in general and of his constituency in particular. If the boys detained by police during last few days are not released the situation in the town will take an ugly turn," said a protester, Mohammad Jabar


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