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Curfew imposed in Bhadarwah after cow vigilantes allegedly kill middle aged man

The killing of a middle aged man allegedly by ‘cow
vigilantes’ has triggered widespread protests and outrage in Bhadarwah, forcing
the administration to impose curfew in the picturesque town.

Reports said a group of three persons were heading towards
their native Mohalla Qilla area of Bhaderwah along with their cattle when they
were fired upon at 2 am by alleged cow vigilantes near Nalthi village.

In the attack, Naeem Ahmad Shah (50) was killed on spot
while two of his associates managed to escape with minor injuries.

The incident triggered widespread protests as people were
demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

Police claimed that seven suspects of village Kaathi-Nalthi
have been detained, however, the main suspect is absconding.

Meanwhile, the protestors pelted stones on police station,
demanding that the culprits should be handed over to them.

Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters,
which further infuriated them following which they vandalised the parked
vehicles by smashing their windowpanes.

The protesters also torched two auto rickshaws and a
motorcycle at Seri Bazaar, Takia Chowk and Pasri Bus Stand.

The administration has imposed curfew and called out the
army to control the situation.

“This is a cold-blooded murder and has been carried out on
the behest of the goons of BJP, RSS and Shiv Sena, who are hell bent to
polarize the situation here. If the kingpins are not booked immediately, this
will have very dangerous consequences and for that only administration with
Modi’s agenda will be responsible,” said Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh, President
Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah, while issuing a shutdown call against the
incident.

Sensing the gravity of the matter, DDC Doda Dr Sagar
Doifode, SSP Shabir Ahmed Malik and Commander 4 Sector RR Brig N.J.Singh are
camping at Bhadarwah to assess the situation.

DDC Doda appealed people to remain calm and maintain peace
and promised that the law will take its own course and all the culprits will
brought to the book.

The ding-dong battles between security forces and protesters
were going on at Takiya Chowk when last reports came in.

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