Urpora (SHOPIAN): Pro-freedom, anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans reverberated during the funeral prayers of Shopian college student at his ancestral village of Urpora here in Shopian on Sunday.
The bullet-riddled body of Gowhar Ahmad Dar was found in the sericulture nursery near Nagbal village on Saturday. Family sources told Kashmir Reader that they got a phone call from police who told them “a dead body was lying in orchard of Nagbal”.
“When we rushed to the spot we found Gowhar was lying dead on the ground with bullet marks on forehead,” Zakir Ahmad, paternal cousin of Gowhar, said.
Gowhar, according to his family, was 1st-year student at government degree college Shopian. “He was very shy, had never participated in anti-India rallies. He may have been killed by government forces as the body was lying some 200 meters from the nearby newly established Dobipora army garrison,” a family member said, requesting anonymity.
“On Saturday evening, Gowhar didn’t return home after he went out to buy ice cream. We called him a hundred times but no one was answering the phone. We searched in orchards, asked relatives. In the morning we heard that a dead body was lying in the nearby sericulture orchard. It was of my son,” Abdul Rahim Dar, father of the slain, said.
He said he was clueless about the killing of his son.
Meanwhile, several private vehicles were damaged at Nagbal by people who were protesting against the killing of the village lad.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, SA Dinkar said that a case had been registered and police were investigating the killing. “We are investigating the role of a a local militant, Nazim Dar of LeT outfit, in this killing,” he said.