Baramulla/Pattan: Bullet-riddled bodies of three youths were found in an orchard in Dangerpora village of Pattan in Baramulla district on Monday.
Two of the youths have been identified as Mohammad Amir Reshi of Hardshiva, Sopore; Ashiq Hussain Wani, a law graduate, of Lolipora, Pattan and Naveed Ahmad Khan, an engineering student, of Batapora, Sopore. While Amir is said to be 19, the other two are in their early twenties.
Dangerpora village head Ghulam Mohammad told Kashmir Reader that a farmer had spotted the bodies in his orchard on Monday morning. The villagers then informed the police who took the bodies away for identification.
It has been learnt that Amir and Ashiq had joined the Lashkar-e-Islam outfit led by Hizbul Mujahideen rebel and the longest surviving militant in north Kashmir, Qayum Najar.
A police spokesman said in a statement that both were militants. The statement said Ashiq was an “active militant of Hizb ul Mujahideen since joining the outfit in June 2014 and, of late, had aligned himself with LeI”. About Amir, the statement adds, that he had “reportedly also joined militant ranks”.
Amir’s father Ghulam Qadir Reshi told reporters that his son went missing on July 15 this year and he had filed missing report in Bomai police station and nearby camps of the army.
Ashiq’s brother Mehrajuddin Wani told Kashmir Reader that he had been missing for the past one year.
Naveed is learnt to have been missing for the past 10 months.
Medical superintendent of Baramulla district hospital Dr Masood Ahmad said there were no torture marks on the bodies of the deceased. Asked about pictures that went viral on social media networking sites and showed a nail plucked out from a finger of one of the three and burns and cuts on the bodies of the other two, he said these were bullet wounds.
Tens of hundreds of people demonstrated against the killings in Palhalan, Pattan, Hardshiva Sopore and Kunzar town in Tangmarg. Youths clashed with the police in these areas after the latter tried to prevent demonstrations.
North Kashmir range deputy inspector general of police Gareeb Das said, “Many police teams headed by expert officers have started the investigation and we hope we will get the culprits very soon.”