Death of Narbal resident in AP sparks protest
Srinagar, July 7: Scores of protesters and policemen were injured in clashes after report of death of a person in Andhra Pradesh reached his home at Narbal area on Saturday.
Protesters from Soozath in Narbal area blocked Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road saying that State government has failed in protecting Kashmiris working in other states.
Police and CRPF men used force to remove the blockade of the highway by the residents of Soozath who were also urging the state government to intervene in bringing the body of Muhammad Ashraf Bhat to Kashmir.
The dead body of the Ashraf Bhat, aged 28, son of Ghulam Ahmad of Soozath was found on July 5 at about 1 am in Andhra Pradesh. Ashraf is survived by two daughters and wife.
Ashraf had gone to Chennai after someone had offered him a job, his family told Greater Kashmir.
“It has been two days since Ashraf’s dead body was found in Andhra Pradesh. The government is not doing a anything to bring back the body,” said a resident, Muhammad Rafiq.
“The youth reportedly had not been keeping well and was returning home by Andoman Express. His dead body was spotted by some passengers who then informed the railway police at Ram Gundum Police out post,” a police statement said.
However, his family said Ashraf was promised a job by some Sharma Ji who would continuously call him until June 24. “My brother left home on June 24 at about 3 pm. That day he received more than 10 telephone calls from some Sharma Ji,” Ashraf’s sister, Dilshada told Greater Kashmir.
“After 80 days he called a person in our village telling him to convey to his family that he is fine. The person told us that Ashraf had called him. But he never called the family,” she said.
Dilshada said before leaving home, Ashraf had written on a piece of paper that he had some important work to do and it shall take him eight days. “He had written that Sharma Ji has offered him a job which will earn him Rs 5000 per month,” Dilshada said.
Demanding a high-level investigation into eldest son’s killing, Ghulam Ahmad, Ashraf’s father, said Ashraf was lured by someone for a job. “The continuous telephone calls from someone would make him uneasy and before leaving the home he had only talked to his mother saying he has some work and will come back,” he said.
Ashraf’s family said the actual cause of his killing should be ascertained and a probe be ordered to bring culprits to Justice.
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