BATMALOO YOUTH’S BODY FISHED OUT
Murder Alleged; Police Says Suicide
Srinagar, July 25: Body of a Batmaloo youth, who had gone missing on July 20, was fished out from a stream in downtown here on Sunday evening.
Police said that Farooq Ahmad Bhat, 28, son of Ali Muhammad Bhat of S D Colony, Batmaloo was “mentally disturbed” and had left from home on the morning of July 20. The family had later lodged a missing complaint in the police station, Batmaloo. “His body was retrieved from Kate Koal, Kani Kadal and was taken to Police Control Room for autopsy. It was later handed over to the family,” a police official said.
“He might have committed suicide,” he added.
As the word about Bhat’s death spread in the Batmaloo area, locals took to the streets and staged a massive demonstration. They raised anti-police and pro-freedom slogans and contested police claim saying it was a case of murder. “His hands were tried by a belt and he had cut marks on his throat,” they said.
“It is a murder case and not a suicide,” they said.
According to family, Farooq was a dyer and had left home on Tuesday for Fajr (morning) prayers and didn’t return since then. He was to get married next month.
Pertinently, on July 5, three persons, including a woman died in police and CRPF firing on protesters at Batmaloo. The area since then has witnessed massive pro-freedom demonstrations.
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Lastupdate on : Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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