Remembering Bushra Zaidi’s alleged killing, protests in 1985
Bushra Zaidi was a 20-year-old girl who died in a traffic accident on April 15, 1985, after being struck by a bus driven by a Kashmiri driver.
It’s been 36 years to her death and nation cannot forget the change it brought during those days.
Bushra along with her sister, Najma walked off from her home to take a public bus to get off near her college, the Sir Syed Girls College.
The bus conductor asked the girls to get off as the bus won’t come to a complete halt.
As the women skipped off, they were hit by another bus that was travelling in the same lane.
However,Najma fell and lost consciousness but Bushra was overrun by the bus and died on the spot.
Both of them were rushed to the hospital, where Bushra was pronounced dead and Najma suffered injuries as her leg was reportedly fractured.
Students of her collage and nearby institutes reached there and staged a protest which later converted into a riot.
The students started to pelt stones on the passing vehicles leaving many injured.
The protest spread to the rest of the city, particularly in main city centres such as, Golimar Chowrangi, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad and Liaquatabad.
Moreover, Students also boycotted classes, put up barricades and pulled down hoardings. The educational institutions were shut down for three days.
According to the Associated Press (AP) news agency at the time, Bushra’s death precipitated ethnic riots and violence. The toll reached 50 with 300 people injured,
“Every ten minutes someone is being brought to the hospital with gunshot wounds,” said an AP reporter.