Monday, November 29, 1999

Locals prevent Mehbooba from meeting Tufail``s family

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Srinagar, June 17 (PTI) Opposition PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and her party colleagues were today prevented by agitated locals from meeting the parents of the teenager whose death during clashes between police and stone pelting demonstrators had sparked protests in Kashmir Valley. As Mehbooba and her party colleagues tried to enter the house of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo at Saidakadal this afternoon, some youths told her not to attempt meeting the family, sources said, adding they did not give any reason. They said that some women in the house tried to meet Mehbooba, but they were also prevented from doing so. Regretting that its leaders were denied an opportunity to console the parents of Tufail, the PDP said such actions were against social and religious norms. The party also alleged that mainstream parties were being marginalised due to the failure of NC-led government. "Whatever the reasons for preventing Mehbooba from meeting the family, it underlines a fresh bout of radicalisation taking roots among people," the PDP spokesman said. "It seems the entire political class is once again getting marginalised in the city," he added. Mehbooba later visited Rafiq Ahmed Bangroo, who was allegedly beaten by CRPF persons four days ago at Danamazar locality of old city during a clash between stone pelters and paramilitary forces and has been undergoing treatment at S K Institute of Medical Sciences.

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