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Protests, Shutdown in Kashmir as Truck Conductor Laid to Rest

Truck conductor who died in Udhampur petrol bomb attack laid to rest, protests continued on Monday too.

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Conductor Zahid Ahmed being laid to rest. (Photo: Muneeb-ul-Islam)

Protesters clashed with security forces on Monday as the truck conductor who died in Udhampur petrol bomb attack was laid to rest amid tight security in the Kashmir Valley.

Separatist leaders who called for a shutdown following this situation were put under house arrest and curfew-like restrictions were imposed in eight police stations as situation remained tense in the Valley.

The protests erupted on Sunday after conductor Zahid Ahmed succumbed to injuries at a Delhi hospital.

 Protesters clash with security forces. (Photo: Muneeb-ul-Islam)
Protesters clash with security forces. (Photo: Muneeb-ul-Islam)

Rail services were halted in Kashmir from Banaihal belt while traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway was also disrupted due to the protests.

With the situation in the state remains tense, the Cabinet passed a resolution condemning the October 9 Udhampur petrol bomb attack on the Kashmir-bound truck and “lauded the people of the state for maintaining peace and calm”.

 Pakistani flag getting flashed. (Photo: Muneeb-ul-Islam)
Pakistani flag getting flashed. (Photo: Muneeb-ul-Islam)

A youth was seen carrying a Pakistani flag during the funeral procession which passed off peacefully as authorities had made stringent security arrangements.

However, soon after, clashes broke out as groups of youths started pelting stones at police personnel at Batengoo and some other areas of Anantnag as they were returning from the burial.

Police used tear gas shells to disperse the protesters but the clashes were going on till last reports came in, a police official said, adding there were no reports of anyone getting hurt.

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