Relatives, villagers protest against police; block road

People protesting against police in Mendhar on Saturday.
People protesting against police in Mendhar on Saturday.

`Murder’ of Govt teacher in Mankote
Excelsior Correspondent
MENDHAR, Mar 30: The relatives and villagers from Mankote area today held strong protest demonstration against police and blocked Mendhar-Jammu road in the town here for over two hours.
Reports said that family members and relatives of Master Gulzar Ahmed, resident of Mankote whose dead body with multiple injuries was recovered from river bank in Balnoi area on March 27, today thronged Police Station Mendhar at around 10.30 am and started strong protest demonstration. They alleged that police failed to arrest the accused even after three days of the incident and was trying to shield the culprits.
The family members including large number of women, shouted slogans against the police and said that it was clear case of murder while police was derailing the investigations. SHO Sajad Mir and SDPO Mendhar, Neeraj Padyar tried to pacify the agitating people but they were not prepared to listen them. After staging protest there for about an hour, then the people moved to the main bazaar Mendhar and blocked Mendhar-Jammu road near main chowk. They sat on dharna and started protest against Police. The movement of vehicles remained stalled for about two hours.
Then the SDPO and SHO moved to the spot and gave assurance to the people publicly to hold fair probe and arrest the accused shortly. He also sought some time from the people. A meeting later held with the Sarpanch and Panchayat members and family members wherein, assurance was given by the SDPO and SHO for fair investigations. The people then lifted dharna from the road.