Tension prevails in Srinagar as the entire city is witnessing a shutdown over the death of a truck driver who was injured in a petrol bomb attack in Udhampur after a mob attacked it over alleged smuggling of cows for beef. Authorities have imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar following clashes with security forces.
Traffic restrictions have been imposed for the funeral of Zahid Ahmad’s who succumbed to his injuries in Delhi. Zahid had suffered 60 per cent burn injuries a petrol bomb was hurled on a truck in Udhampur on October 9. The attack followed after rumours spread that cows had been killed in the area which spread communal tension in the city.
Tests later revealed that cows had died due to food poisoning. CM Mufti Mohd Sayeed condemned the incident and said: “I have no words to condemn the dastardly act which consumed the life of a poor and innocent young boy for no fault of his”.
Deputy CM Nirmal Singh also appealed for peace, and condemned the incident. Omar Abdulah meanwhile accused the BJP of being responsible for the death of Zahid, and alleged that saffron party and it’s allies are responsible for this crime. Meanwhile the police has arrested for attack on Zahid under the PSA but said that the main accused was still absconding.
There is strong anger in Srinagar over the death of the truck driver killed in the violent incident. Locals said that the death of the trucker happened because authorities failed to check the growing communal polarization in the state, and also the increasing influence of the orthodox elements in Jammu region. There is now strong demand that strict action should be taken against those who have perpetrated this crime.