Police on Friday denied that the “cow vigilantes” were involved in the killing of a middle aged man, Naeem Ahmed Shah. His murder had triggered outrage in this frontier district following which authorities on Thursday imposed curfew, which remained at place for second consecutive day today.
“Some media channels are wrongly reporting murder of a person in Bhaderwah as incident of alleged killing by cow vigilantes. Such reporting is strongly rebutted as no such information has been confirmed during investigation so far,” Jammu and Kashmir Police wrote on its twitter handle.
Senior Superintendent of Police Doda, Shabir Ahmed Malik, while talking to Greater Kashmir said, “There is some discrepancy in the statement of eyewitness Yasir Hussain, who was accompanying the deceased, Naeem Shah. He (Hussain) has been giving conflicting statements which are not matching with the evidence found at the crime scene”.
The SSP said that the eye-witness in his statement said that the bullet was fired from the hill above them, but the deceased received bullet on his forehead and another bullet mark was found on the rock horizontally right below the hill. “From that angle trajectory is not possible. As of now, we are investigating the murder from all angles,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities did not give any relaxation in curfew in Bhaderwah town on Friday.
The Deputy Commissioner Doda Dr Sagar Dattaray Doifode said a decision on relaxation or lifting the curfew and restoration of mobile Internet service would be taken on Saturday after reviewing the situation.
According to police, no untoward incident took place overnight and on Friday in any part of the town, where Naeem’s killing had triggered group clashes on Thursday.
Meanwhile, authorities have announced that hall tickets of the students appearing for various examinations would be treated as curfew passes. “Each student escorted by one elder would be allowed to proceed towards the examination centre,” a police official said.