Sopore custodial ‘killing’: PDP leaders booed away

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders were booed away by people in Sopore in North Kashmir where they had gone to offer condolences to the family of youth who was allegedly killed in police custody on Sunday.

Sources said, trouble began for PDP leaders Maulvi Iftikhar Hussain,  Nizam-ud-din Bhat  and Basharat Bukhari when the family of Nizam Rashid refused to meet them.

The family closed the main door before the leaders could enter, sources said.

The refusal, sources said, forced the PDP leaders to retreat.

As the leaders were going back people from the locality came out and pelted stones at their cavalcade, sources said.

Police fired in air to disperse the jeering crowd, they said.

Meanwhile, life remained crippled in Sopore town for the third day today due to a spontaneous strike to protest against the alleged custodial death of Nizam.

However, the situation returned to normal in Baramulla town, where a strike was observed yesterday against the incident.

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