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NC takes to streets to protest custodial death of teacher

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Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) Thursday took out a protest march here against the death of a teacher in police custody.

Scores of NC activists, led by party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, assembled at the party's headquarters 'Nawai-Subah' here and took out the protest march.

The activists shouted slogans and demanded stern punishment for those responsible for the death of 29-year-old Rizwan Asad Pandit.

The protestors tried to march towards Lal Chowk but were stopped by a large contingent of police personnel near the TRC crossing.

Speaking to reporters, the party's provincial president, Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani, said the NC demands a time-bound probe into the incident.

"We are back to the 1990s unfortunately. We are seeing a cycle of violence and death everyday now. We demand a time-bound inquiry into it and action against those responsible for the death of the teacher," Wani said.

Pandit died in police custody days after he was picked up from his home in Awantipora in the state's Pulwama district.

The government has said that a magisterial inquiry is being conducted by the district authorities in Pulwama.

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