Mystery shrouds Handwara youth’s killing

A 22-year-old youth was killed under mysterious circumstances at Wadar Payeen village here in Kupwara district on Wednesday morning, triggering panic in the area.
Mystery shrouds Handwara youth’s killing
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A 22-year-old youth was killed under mysterious circumstances at Wadar Payeen village here in Kupwara district on Wednesday morning, triggering panic in the area.

According to the relatives of the deceased, the body of Liyakat Ali Joo son of Syed Joo of Nagni Wadar Payeen, who was working as a porter with 21 RR of the army, was found this morning half a kilometer away from his home.

"At around 5 AM today we heard some six gunshots and at about 5:30 AM we were told that Liyakat's body is lying in nearby forests," said local residents.  

The incident triggered panic in the area as villagers were not ready to speak openly about the death. 

Meanwhile, at Liyakat's home, women of the village had assembled and were consoling the aged mother, sister and pregnant wife of the slain.

"My brother was working with army as a porter and had gone with them two days ago. Today morning he was killed," Liyakat's sister alleged.

Sobbing Syed Joo, the aged father of Liyakat, said, "We know one thing that he had gone to army camp to work there and today his body reached home." 

When contacted, SHO Zachaldara, Masroor Ahmad, said the youth was killed by militants and an FIR has been registered in this connection. 

Pertinently, the residential house of the deceased is just 300 yards from the Wadar Payeen army camp.

Liyakat is survived by his aged parents, two brothers, 2-year-old son and 6-month pregnant wife besides a sister.

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