Body found on school grounds in Kunzer

Javid Ali

KUNZER: A 35-year-old man’s body was found in the lawns of a school in Kunzer area of Baramulla district on Tuesday morning, a day after the bullet-riddled bodies of three youths were recovered from an orchard in the same district.
Manzoor Ahmad Reshi son of Mohammad Sultan Reshi, a resident of Gonipora, Kunzer, had left home on Monday morning. His body was found in the lawns of the government middle school Gonipora this morning.
The local residents said the body bore torture marks and the deceased had been strangulated to death. However, station house officer of Kunzer police station Abdul Hameed told Kashmir Reader that it was a case of suicide.
“The deceased was mentally ill and used to roam in the area during nights. As per the medical report it is a case of suicide,” Hameed said.
The local residents, in the wake of the killings on Monday, do not buy the police version and see the hand of (police’s infamous counterinsurgency wing) SOG in Manzoor’s death.
“We voted for politicians, they got their seats and never visited us. They assured us safety but our sons are being taken under mysterious conditions in the night and killed. We don’t feel safe anymore,” said Mohammad Maqbool Reshi, a local resident.
Dozens of youth, who were demonstrating against the killing, pelted the police with stones in Narbal, Magam and Kunzer areas.