January 2016 News

Youth's Mysterious Killing Triggers Protest At Peerbagh

14 January 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Massive protest erupted on Srinagar Airport road here on Thursday against the mysterious killing of a youth whose throat-slit body was found in wee hours near Railway Bridge at Humhama on city outskirts here. The slain youth identified as Owais Bashir Malik son of Bashir Ahmed Malik, a resident of Peerbagh was missing since January 12. Police said that a group of locals informed them about body of a youth lying in a pool of blood near Railway Bridge at Humhama. 'A team of police station Humhama reached the spot and took the body into custody. The slain youth was identified as 21-year-old Owais Bashir Malik of Peerbagh,' police said. Owais was a student of second semester BSC Electronics at KITE Polytechnic College. Police confirmed that 'Owais's throat was slit with some sharp edged weapon.' 'He had injuries on his chest and arms also and his clothes were torn,' police sources said. As the news of the youth's killing spread in the area, hundreds of youth including women took to the streets on the Srinagar Airport road and staged massive protests. Witnesses said that youth placed barricades and wooden logs along the Airport road and fought pitched battle with police. 'He has been killed in a cold blood. We want stern punishment to the guilty,' said a group of protesting youth. Witnesses said as the clashes turned violent at Police Headquarters along the Airport road, policemen resorted to heavy tear gas shelling and aerial firing. Police sources said that many youth including some photojournalists sustained pellet injuries at the spot. Traffic on the Srinagar-Humhama road was also disrupted as youth continued to fight pitched battles with the police, who were deployed in strength to quell the protests. However, the protestors offered stiff resistance and clashes continued in the area till reports last came in. A spontaneous shutdown was also observed in Hyderpora and Peerbagh areas against the youth's killing. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani said 'we have registered FIR number 9-2016 under section 302 and investigations have been started to nab the accused.' 'Nothing can be said at this stage as we have just started the investigations. We have conducted the postmortem of the youth and have handed over his body to his family for his last rites,' the IGP told Greater Kashmir. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmed Lone said he has ordered a time-bound probe into the mysterious killing of Owais. 'Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Srinagar, Hamidullah Mir, will conduct the inquiry and complete the investigations within a month,' the DC said. Bashir Ahmed Malik, father of the slain youth, said 'we have no clue as to who murdered him. He has been killed in cold blood. We want guilty to be brought to the book,' Malik told reporters at his Peerbagh residence. Malik said Owais had left home on January 12 at 4 pm but didn't return. 'His mobile phone was switched off after 5 pm. After failing to trace him till late evening, we lodged a missing report with the police,' he said. Meanwhile, former Minister of Roads and Buildings and MLA Amirakadal Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari has demanded a thorough probe into the killing. 'Police should probe the incident expeditiously and demystify the cause of death of Owais Bashir Malik. The culprits in the Peerbagh incident need to be identified immediately so that a stringent punishment is given to them as is warranted under law,' Bukhari added. National Conference also demanded that the culprits be brought to justice. 'I demand an immediate probe so that the culprits are brought to the book. I also extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and stand in solidarity with them in this hour of shock, grief and devastation', NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said.