SRINAGAR: The family of a youth whose decomposed body was recovered from an orchard in Sopore on Sunday accused “Indian agencies” of torturing him to death.
The body of Mehraj-ud-din Yatoo, who had gone missing on July 28 after leaving his home in Goshbug, Pattan (Baramulla district), was found in Gund Brath in Sopore.
Abdul Rashid, Mehraj-ud-din’s brother, told Kashmir Reader, “His hands were tied with a rope, one of his eyes had been gouged out and there were burn marks on his body…this shows he had been tortured by Indian agencies like many other people in Baramulla.”
“My brother was not a militant nor had he any link with any organisation. We fail to understand why they killed him. We are sure Indian agencies killed him like they killed innocent people and targeted mobile towers in Sopore and other areas,” he said.
Goshbug, Palhalan and other areas observed a strike against the killing on Monday.
Scores of protesters, shouting pro-freedom slogans, clashed with the police in Palhalan in the evening. The protesters threw stones at the government forces who retaliated by firing teargas canisters.