Mysterious Death Sparks Protest In Valley

Mysterious Death Sparks Protest In Valley

26 March 2013
The Indian Express
Rifat Mohidin

Srinagar: Protests erupted in south Kashmir on Tuesday after a villager was found dead under mysterious circumstances. While villagers alleged that he was arrested by the police on Monday, the police denied having arrested the man and claimed to have started investigating the cause of his death. On Tuesday, villagers of Monghala in Anantnag found the body of 37-year-old Bilal Ahmad Dar near a railway track. His family said Dar left home on Monday evening, but didn't return. 'He left home for a walk around 6 pm. When he didn't return till 8 pm we tried to call him but his phone was switched off,' said Nisar-ul-Haq, brother-in-law of Dar. Haq said though the family didn't witness his arrest, villagers told them that Dar had been arrested by the police. 'We came to know through people that Bilal was arrested along with his friends. On Tuesday morning we went to the police station to file a missing report, and were surprised to see two of Bilal's friends there. They had been arrested,' Haq said. Haq said they were informed about Dar's death by villagers. 'He was not arrested by the police. His body was recovered near the railway track and investigations under section 174 of CrPC have been started to find the cause of death. The post mortem has been carried out and according to preliminary investigations, no mark of violence has been found on his body,' said a police spokesperson. As soon as Dar's body was brought out of a hospital after post mortem, people took to streets accusing the police of custodial death. As the protesters started to pelt stones, the police fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.