Death of College student in Rajouri: Highway blocked for 2 hours as family of deceased stage protest

Rajouri, Jun 02  : The vehicular movement on Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch national highway remains suspended for over two hours after the protest was held in Kallar area of Rajouri on Friday evening following 5the death of a college student in a road accident involving a Border Security Force (BSF) vehicle.

The accident happened on Friday morning and the boy succumbed to his injuries during treatment later in the day following which the protesters blocked Jammu Rajouri Poonch national highway for over two hours.

As per police officials, an accident occurred on Friday morning at around 09 AM when a motorcycle JK11F-6440 and a BSF water tanker collided with each other at Chatyar Pulli in Rajouri and motorcyclist Mohammad Saqib Malik (21) son of Mohammad Iqbal Malik resident of Chatyar sustained grievous injuries.

“He was taken to GMC Associated Hospital Rajouri where he succumbed to his injuries later in the day,” the officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

Meanwhile, his death sparked a protest at Kallar in Rajouri as the deceased’s family members, relatives and villagers assembled on the highway at Kallar and blocked it for traffic.

The protesters said that the accident happened due to negligence of the BSF driver and no BSF official bothered to meet the family of the deceased even to console the loss of their son.

The protesters kept the body of the deceased on Jammu Rajouri Poonch NHW at Kallar Chowk as a mark of protest. They raised slogans demanding justice.

However, the protest caused a massive traffic jam on the highway as the hundreds of vehicles remained stuck on either side of the road.

Officials said the Assistant Commissioner Revenue Rajouri, Imran Rashid Kataria, Deputy SsP of Police and SHO Rajouri reached at the spot and pacified the protest while BSF officials also reached at the spot.

After assurances, the protest was called off and the vehicular movement on highway was restored after a gap of two hours—(KNO)  

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