Tension in Pulwama after student’s mysterious death in Hyderabad

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Srinagar: Spontaneous protests and clashes were witnessed today in parts of Kashmir over the mysterious death of a Kashmiri scholar in Hyderabad on yesterday night.
Mudasir Ahmad Malla, a PhD scholar hailing from Parigam Pulwama district, was found dead in his room at English and Foreign Languages University on yesterday night.
Although authorities claim that he had committed suicide, but his family and friends allege that he was tortured by police, who had picked him after taking part in pro-Afzal Guru protests.
As people in Pulwama today heard about the news of his death, they came out on roads and held massive anti-India demonstrations. The protesters blocked the roads and pelted stones on the vehicles. According to eye witnesses, a protest march from Parigam village towards Pulwama town was intercepted by police and CRPF at Newa resulting in heavy stone pelting and tear gas shelling. There were reports of stone throwing between police and angry youth at main town Pulwama, Kakapora, and Koli in the district.
Government forces resorted to heavy tear gas shelling to disperse the agitating youth. Reports said several youth and policemen received minor injuries while many youth were detained by police. Eyewitnesses said some vehicles of Police and CRPF also received minor damage at Koil and Newa during clashes.
There were reports of shutdown and protest from neighboring Shopian.
In summer capital Srinagar, the situation remained peaceful, but in the afternoon, there were protests in old city’s Rajouri Kadal, and adjoining areas, eyewitnesses said, which were followed by minor clashes, they added.
Meanwhile, protests and clashes were also reported from Sumbal, Sonawari and Naid Khai localities of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Four people sustained injuries in Naidkhai. Following the clashes, heavy contingent of Government forces was deployed in these areas, eyewitnesses said.
Family alleges murder!
While mourning over the death of Mudasir Kamran, his father, Ghulam Qadir Malla said ‘his son was killed due to his pro-Aazadi stand’.
He said: “Kashmiris are no more safe in any part of India.”
Mudasir who was a PhD English scholar enrolled at EFLU, Hyderabad, was the youngest son of his family. “He has been victimized for his Pro-Azadi stand,” however, “His sacrifice won’t go waste. It would bring revolution here in Kashmir,” Qadir said.
Qadir said that he received the call at 12:00 AM at night from someone, whom he didn’t know and informed him about the death of his son. “There were slogans on the phone,” adding, “If he would have been here in Kashmir, then I would have rushed to see him, but he was far away from us.”
The father of Mudasir had high expectations from his son. He said, “I had sent him for studying, not death.” He said that Mudasir was only hope in his old age. “I wish these oppressors shouldn’t kill anyone like my son was killed.”
“We live in the mouth of bear,” he said.
According to Qadir, his son, Mudasir, was an intelligent person from his childhood. “He never stood second in his life. He always stood first.”
He said, “I can’t do anything. They snatched him from me.”
Outside their home in Parigam, people are chanting slogans against India, and are calling Mudasir a ‘martyr’. They are waiting for his body, which is yet to arrive.
The village is mourning the death of an ‘intelligent and revolutionary’ student, who has always been on forefront of pro-freedom activities.
Ashiq Ahmad Malla, his brother, dismisses the notions that Mudasir hanged himself or committed suicide. “He had everything in his life, why such an educated person will commit a suicide?” he questions, while people around him endorses his point.
His brother said, “No Kashmiri is safe in India and we are being targeted because of being Muslims and that too when you are from Kashmir.”
Did public humiliation abet the ‘suicide’?
Refuting the allegations that the slain Kashmiri research scholar was arrested for leading a procession in favour of Afzal Guru, Hyderabad Police Commissioner, Anurag Sharma Sunday said that “it is a simple suicide case.” The details meted out by the top cop have given credence that Mudasir Kamran may have snuffed out life owing to public humiliation by a varsity official.
“Our patrolling party of course brought him to police station but he was not alone, the warden of the University and one more student was with him and we released both the students immediately,” he said.
He added that “it is totally baseless that Mudasir was lodged in police cell for a night.” Giving details, Sharma said that after investigating the matter it has come to surface that Kashmiri student Mudasir alias Kamran and another student from Maharashtra Waseem were roommates and both were good friends. “Gradually animosity developed between them and Waseem complained to Procter of the University P S Vijira who allegedly humiliated Mudasir in front of everyone,” he said, adding that after this frequent trifles used to take place between the two.
“On January first, a show cause notice was issued by the Proctor against Mudasir after Waseem once again have complained that Kashmiri student was harassing him,” he said. Sharma said a police patrolling vehicle arrested both the students and the warden of the University was also called to the police station. “He was not kept in lock up but the police personnel kept both the students including warden in a room and our men tried their best to reconcile them. We let the both students free when the Warden gave an undertaking that they will never fight again,” he said.
He said that he can’t say why he (Mudasir) took such an extreme step? “I feel that Mudasir might have felt humiliation and that is why he committed suicide. It is a simple suicide case and nothing else,” he said. Sharma termed the allegations baseless that Mudasir was apprehended for leading a procession that students had taken out in favour of Afzal. “We didn’t pick him for that issue and neither the police lodged him inside the cell,” he said.

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