Digital Desk, Srinagar. The Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Friday that Kashmiri Pandits, who were protesting against the killing of Rahul Bhat by terrorists on Thursday, ignored the administration’s peace request and were adamant on blocking the road to the airport, causing the crowd to disperse. The police had to release tear gas shells to disperse them.
Protesters protesting the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat at Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district had blocked the main Sheikhpora-Budgam road since Thursday and suddenly started moving towards the airport road, police said in a statement. .
Police said, though the magistrate repeatedly requested and tried to pacify the protesters not to proceed towards the very busy and congested airport road, the agitators ignored the persuasion and stopped everyone on the way. Forcibly breaking the physical barriers kept moving towards the said road, besides pushing and trying to stop the police and security personnel from moving forward.
He said, the protesters who were adamant to block the road to the airport, did not pay any heed and instead managed to cover a distance of about 1 km from Sheikhpora. Looking at the crowd, there were inputs that terrorists may take advantage of this and attack the protesters to create communal clash/tension.
The police said, therefore, keeping in mind the safety of the protesters, the police were forced to release some tear gas shells to disperse them. However, the protesters gathered again at Sheikhpora Road and later sat on a dharna, blocking the main road before vacating the area.
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