Delhi-Based Activist Drowns In Kashmir, Legal Fraternity Slips Into Shock

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SRINAGAR—Human rights activists have slipped into a shock after a top lawyer and editor drowned in Sindh Nallah in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

Mohammad Anwar, a resident of Abul Fazal Enclave in Delhi’s Okhla, and his relative had arrived in Kashmir to attend a seminar. Reports said he stopped by a river near the Gagangeer area in Sonamarg for ablution. However, he slipped into the river. A search and rescue operation was immediately launched but he was swept away by strong currents. It took rescuers days to fish out his body.  

Sindh River, which originates from Ladakh, is in full flow. As the snow has melted on the mountains, all rivers in the valley are in the spate. Authorities have been advising people, particularly tourists not to go near the river or try swimming. There are chances that strong currents may sweep away everything that come their way.

The relative, who was accompanying Anwar, said the strong current swept his body a kilometre away. It took rescuers a lot of time to retrieve the body. He is survived by a wife and a daughter.

A family source said chances are that his body will reach Abul Fazal Enclave by Tuesday. The timing for the final rites will be decided by his family members.

A lawyer and activist, Anwar, originally hailed from Nagina in Uttar Pradesh. He was editor and publisher of the Hindi magazine ‘Nagina Time’. The magazine hit the hurdles as it could not gain circulation. Later he did LLB and started his legal practice.

He was popular among activists campaigning against the Okhla Toxic plant. He was on the panel of the lawyers that waged a legal fight for the closer of the plant.

He was also Delhi Chapter Secretary of Association for Protection of Civil Rights(APCR).

An active social and human rights activist, he was deeply involved in the development of the locality and his community. An affable person, he was known for his jovial and helpful nature. He was also known for his philanthropic activities.

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