World Bulletin / News Desk
A member of a prominent committee investigating the rapes and deaths of two women by Indian police in Kashmir has been found dead, Kashmiri reports said.
Forceful demonstrations marked with complete strike were held in Shopian to protest the mysterious killing of Muhammad Hussain Zargar, an activist of the Majlis-e-Mashawrat, Kashmir Media said.
The body of Zargar, 42, was discovered in an orchard three days after he had disappeared, triggering fresh protestsand strike in the south Kashmir town, Shopian, police said.
He was spearheading the agitation over the rape and murder of two women and was missing since Saturday.
Local residents said that Indian police was behind the incident.
Shopian - the area where the rapes and murders took place - has seen days of protests and strikes over the case.
Earlier, a judicial probe of the rape and murder of two Kashmiri women shows the involvement of Indian police in a charge that previously repeatedly was denied.
The killing of a 17-year-old girl and her 22-year-old sister-in-law has sparked widespread demonstrations in the disputed Kashmir Valley since their bodies were found in a stream on May 29.
Indian forces killed four protesters and wounded hundreds during the mass demonstrations.
Locals say the two women, aged 17 and 22, were abducted, raped and killed by security forces.
Four Indian police officers were arrested over the rape and murder of two women.
Witnesses said the arrests ended a 47-day protest strike on Thursday in the southern Kashmiri town of Shopian.
Local residents say his murder is a tactic to prevent the Majlis-e-Mushawarat from investigating the case by those responsible for committing the crime.
Mr Zargar had reportedly promised to sell his property to fight for justice for the two women.
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