Mystery shrouds Shalimar teenager’s death

Mystery continues to shroud the death of a 16-year-old teenager from Shalimar area here with his family alleging that forces had “tortured” him while police said it has started a probe to ascertain cause of his death.
Mystery shrouds Shalimar teenager’s death
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Mystery continues to shroud the death of a 16-year-old teenager from Shalimar area here with his family alleging that forces had "tortured" him while police said it has started a probe to ascertain cause of his death.  

The slain boy identified as Qaiser Sofi, son of Abdul Hamid, a resident of Doodh Mohalla, Shalimar succumbed at SKIMS, Soura late on Friday evening, family sources said.  He was being treated in the hospital since October 28.

"There is no mystery. He opened his eyes for just two minutes and spoke in a very low voice that he was poisoned and beaten by the forces. These were Qaiser's last words," said Ashiq Ahmed, slain boy's cousin. "Had he not spoken, we too were of the belief that he had gone missing as we had already lodged a missing complaint."

Doctors at the SKIMS, Soura said that the boy was brought to the hospital with the history of "poison and assault." "We conducted his stomach wash and the samples were to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL)," they said, wishing not to be named.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that police is investigating a case FIR number 95/2016 under section 309 RPC regarding a boy who was found lying near CIE complex Shalimar with froth oozing from his mouth.  "Qaiser Sofi was reportedly missing from October-27 from his house. On the next day, his father received a call from a person who identified himself as a private guard working at the CIE complex, Shalimar stating that his son is lying near the CIE complex with some froth oozing from his mouth," the police spokesman said.

 "On this information, a Police party of police station Nishat along with the relatives of the deceased rushed to the spot and shifted him to SKIMS hospital for treatment. The doctors at SKIMS performed his stomach wash and sample was sent to FSL for analysis to ascertain the nature of the poisonous substance he had consumed," the spokesperson said.  

The spokesman said that as per the doctors, the patient had a history of GTCS (epilepsy).  "Subsequently, the boy succumbed yesterday evening.  A case FIR number 95/2016 under section 309 RPC was registered in police station Nishat in this regard," he said.

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