Srinagar: The mysterious death of a senior pro-freedom in North Kashmir led to massive protests in the region on Thursday, witnesses and sources said.
They said Abdul Rashid Gazi the Jammu and Kashmir People’s League was found dead near a railway track in Puthkhah in northern Baramulla district.
One of his associates told Kashmir Dispatch: “He had gone to Islamabad to condole with party chief Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, whose mother had passed away few days ago. Today morning he had boarded train to Baramulla from Islamabad.” He added: “two people were accompanying him till Sangarama.”
Rashid who hails from old Town in Baramulla was one of the senior leaders of People’s League. He had joined the pro-freedom group in 1975 and was arrested many times. Rashid was a close associate of Sheikh Abdul Aziz, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Farooq Rehmani. He was one of the staunch supporters of armed movement in 1990’s, his close aides said.
Recently he had undergone a cardiac surgery and wasn’t keeping well, they said.
The mysterious death of Rashid sparked violent protests in Sangrama and Baramulla, his home town.
Police say they are ascertaining the facts about Rashid’s death. A press release from the police in Srinagar said: “We shifted the body to hospital where post mortem was conducted. One mark of injury was found on the head. According to initial investigations the circumstantial evidences of the spot suggest that it is a hit-and-run road accident. However police has taken the cognizance.”
The People’s League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza expressed shock over the ‘killing and said that Rashid was killed under a conspiracy aimed to sabotage the freedom voice.
He paid glowing tributes to Rashid Gazi.