The preliminary autopsy report of Riyaz Ahmad Shah of Chattabal here, who was working as a private security guard with J&K Bank, has attributed the cause of his death to pellet injuries to various vital organs.
A team of doctors on Wednesday carried out autopsy of 23-year-old Shah and submitted the findings to the Forensic Science Laboratory here following which police registered a case of murder against "security forces" (FIR No 56/2016 U/S 302) for killing Riyaz.
"It was clear that he (Riyaz) had died due to multiple pellet injuries to different vital organs," said a source, privy to the findings of the autopsy.
Riyaz, according to the source, had 4×4-inch single entry wound on the left side of body, near kidney.
"His left kidney had borne the brunt as all pellets, hundreds of them, had pierced it," the source said. "The pellets had then dispersed inside the body causing injuries to liver, spleen, intestines and lungs."
Prior to carrying out the autopsy, the doctors had carried out an X-ray examination on Riyaz's body which had confirmed presence of large number of pellets inside.
"The number of pellets was in hundreds," said the sources.
"There was no exit wound in his body. All the pellets had remained inside the body," said the source. "From the examination of the body it seemed that he was fired at from a close range but it wasn't a contact shot."
Minutes before he was killed, Riyaz had called his brother, Shakeel Ahmad on his mobile, informing him that he was on way to home.
As a routine, the Chattabal youth, had left home on his Scooty to close the ATM at Habba Kadal here where he was working as a security guard.
"I called him (Riyaz) on his mobile at around 10 pm…he told me that he will reach home in next 15 minutes and asked for keeping the dinner ready," recalled Shakeel.
After sometime, Shakeel said, he got worried and called his younger brother again to inquire where he was.
"I am near GMC and it will take me five minutes to reach home," Riyaz had informed Shakeel.
That is the last time the Shah family heard from their younger son, who according to the family members, was also working as salesman during day to contribute to the family financially in construction of the house that had got ravaged during the 2014-floods.
A driver by profession, Shakeel said, when his brother didn't turn up, he repeatedly called on his mobile for next two hours.
Shakeel said he kept calling on Riyaz's mobile till he got a call from "unknown number".
"The person on the other side asked me to rush to hospital after inquiring if I was relative of Riyaz," said Shakeel.
"When we reached the hospital, Riyaz's body had already been taken to Police Control Room. He had died on the spot," said Shakeel as he broke down.
Outside the GMC main entrance, a long patch of road was littered with dried-up blood splashes of Riyaz. The trace of the blood marks on the road led to the stake of cemented poles on the roadside where Riyaz's body was found.
The poles too were simmered with the blood.
"Perhaps he had been dragged from a distance towards the poles and that is why there are blood marks all along the road," a passerby said.
Another passerby said: "He (Riyaz) might have run to reach hospital after being hit by pellets, but had fallen on the poles."
Riyaz's brother, however quoting a driver of a load-carrier, said: "The driver of the load carrier had seen his body on the road and had called volunteers from the SMHS hospital for help. But the nearby police station had taken possession of the body and later shifted it to the Police Control Room."
"He (Riyaz) had been fired upon with the pellet gun by the CRPF men near the main entrance of the GMC," said Shakeel
A local told Greater Kashmir that he heard a loud shot at around 10:20 pm yesterday and came running out from his house, located near the GMC, on the road. "I saw two gypsies standing on the road. Then a water tanker came and the entire patch of road was splashed with water. This is when they might had killed the boy," said the local who runs a shop in Lal Chowk.