Kashmir shuts to mourn principal’s custodial death


 A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Wednesday against the custodial death of a young principal of a private school in Awantipora.
Rizwan Asad Pandith, 30, son of Assadullah Pandith, who was detained for questioning earlier this week, died in custody at the Cargo camp of the police in Srinagar on Tuesday.
Riwzan’s death fuelled the fresh wave of anger across Kashmir.
The call for shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The JRL has also asked people to stage protests against the custodial death of Rizwan on Thursday and also on Friday after congregational prayers.
In Downtown, authorities restricted movement of people and the forces placed rolls of concertina wire on roads to prevent protests.
In Pulwama, including Awantipora, braving rains, tens of hundreds of people visited Rizwan’s home to express solidarity with his family, witnesses said.
A witness said that clashes were witnessed in parts of Downtown Srinagar, including Nawa Kadal, Sekidafar and Safa Kadal.
“The protesters hurled stones at the police, triggering mild clashes. Forces fired pepper and tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters,” he said.

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