ANNIVERSARY OF PEERBAGH YOUTH| Protest rocks uptown area

Police Saturday used teargas shells to disperse the protestors at Peerbagh here, seeking justice in last year’s murder case of a youth.
ANNIVERSARY OF PEERBAGH YOUTH| Protest rocks uptown area
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

Police Saturday used teargas shells to disperse the protestors at Peerbagh here, seeking justice in last year's murder case of a youth. 

The relatives and parents of Owais Bashir Malik, a youth hailing from Peerbagh, who was murdered on this day last year, staged a demonstration on Saturday to protest against what they said 'shoddy' police investigation.

The killing of Owais, son of  Bashir Ahmad Malik, had triggered massive protests on January 14, 2016 with locals and his family blaming the forces for his death.

Police had later claimed to have arrested the main culprit behind the killing of Owais. However, the family and locals contested the police version and alleged that they were shielding the "real killers."

Locals, family members and relatives of slain youth today took protest march holding banners and placards, seeking justice.

Family members said justice should not be only done but it should have been seen to be done. 

"We strongly believe that the murder was a conspiracy by more than one person as circumstance and evidences suggest that. So far, police have only booked and arrested one person in this case. We demand arrests of all accused persons," they said.

Bashir Ahmad Malik, father of the slain youth, said that they demand justice. "We are with clean hands and demand the perpetrators of this heinous crime must be punished under law," he said.

He said that transparent and impartial probe is utmost important in the case. "Unbiased and transparent investigation and booking and punishing of persons responsible for this murder is important as that would act as deterrence for others," he said. 

Later, protestors blocked the main road. Police tried to pacify the protestors. After scuffle between police and protestors, brief clash erupted during which teargas shells were used to disperse the protestors.

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