Peerbagh youth 'tortured to death", five persons detained: Police

Peerbagh youth ''tortured to death'', five persons detained: Police

The death of Owais Bashir Malik had sparked violent protests, following which police registered a murder case.

Police have detained at least five persons in connection with the murder of an engineering student from Peerbagh locality of Srinagar whose mutilated body was recovered near railway tracks on Thursday. 

The death of Owais Bashir Malik had sparked violent protests, following which police registered a murder case.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Central Kashmir Ghulam Hasan Bhat told Srinagar-based news agency CNS that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by SDPO Magam has already been constituted to investigate the killing. 

“The team has got some important leads and on the basis of those leads five persons have been detained. We have been questioning them and hopefully we expect to crack this case within a short span of time,” he said.

“The police have been talking to the relatives, friends, and neighbours of the deceased youth and more arrests are expected in this case. Prima facie, it appears a social crime and the youth has been tortured to death by those who were known to him,” Bhat said, adding that he is personally in touch with the family of the deceased youth.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident and asked Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Hamidullah Mir, to look into circumstances of the youth’s death and come up with a report within a month.

Assistant Commissioner Revenue Hamidullah Mir said they have already informed the interested persons to record their statements in his office. 

“The enquiry team is in touch with police and other agencies. We hope that witnesses will record their statements in coming days so that this blind murder case can be cracked without any delay,” he said.