Magam shuts on youth’s death anniversary

‘He was killed by forces while protesting for degree college’

Magam, (Budgam), Publish Date: Dec 16 2017 12:07AM | Updated Date: Dec 16 2017 12:07AM
Magam shuts on youth’s death anniversary

A complete shutdown was observed in Magam town of Budgam district on Friday to mark the 10th death anniversary of a local youth who was killed by forces while dispersing protestors demanding establishment of degree college in the area. 

The youth, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, was killed after forces opened fire to disperse protesters demanding a college for the area on 5 December 2007 when the Congress-PDP coalition government had announced establishment of new degree colleges across the state. 

“Magam people were also promised a college, but when the final announcement came, our town was sidelined which caused widespread anger among the youth who took to streets. 

“As the protests spread, forces opened fire and a bullet hit Zahoor Ahmad Mir in the chest killing him on the spot" said his cousin Dr Altaf. 

“Since then, we have been fighting the case to get justice, but the accused are yet to be punished, he added.  To mark his 10th death anniversary, all shops and other business establishments are shut here while public transport was also off the road. A peaceful protest rally was held from Jamia Masjid via main chowk Magam upto the graveyard where prayers were held. 

"Each year on this day magam shuts as a mark of respect to him. We are indebted to his blood. He was a true youth who fought for the rights of people,” said Zahoor Ahmad Baba, secretary Youth Welfare Committee Magam which organises programmes to mark the anniversary.  

A programme was organised post Friday prayers at Imam Bargah Yarigund in the town where many people spoke and demanded the justice to the victim family.

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