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He was killed by goons on ‘behest of officials’, says family of man killed during land acquisition in Shopian

Family reaches Srinagar with dead-body, say won’t bury the dead till action is initiated 

Shopian: Family of 65 year old Abdul Salam Thokar, a resident of Padderpora Shopian, ‘killed’ yesterday during land acquisition drive in Hermain village came to Srinagar with the dead body on Wednesday, and alleged that the man didn’t die of cardiac arrest but was assaulted by goons on the ‘behest of civilian officials’.

Eyewitnesses say that during a stone-pelting incident an elderly man died in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Officials say that the man ‘died due to heart attack’.

However, the family of the deceased arrived at Press Colony Srinagar along with the dead body and said that even after the death of the man, police didn’t file an FIR.

“We won’t bury the dead till action is initiated against those responsible for his death. He was a a driver by profession and killed by goons,” they said.

“We had a land dispute with another party. Over a dozen people arrived yesterday to occupy the said land. He was manhandled by goons and as a result, he died,” they said.

They said the locals want to know on whose behest the government team had arrived in the village and who forcibly “abducted” the deceased.

Some locals resorted to stone-pelting on a land acquisition team in Hermain village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district. The team led by Tehsildar Hermain, Block Development Officer Hermain had arrived in the village to take possession of land that is supposed to be converted into a sports ground, as per the officials.

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