Bandipora: The district administration in Bandipora misled the protesting relatives of a young trader from Sumbal who mysteriously went missing five days ago.
A section of the administration told the relatives to call off their protest as the whereabouts of the trader had been found but later in the day police denied having any clue.
The 25-year-old trader Reyaz Ahmad Beigh, a resident of Wangipora village, dealing with a private cellular company is untraced since Friday afternoon. His father Abdul Ahad Beigh says that he offered Friday prayers with his son at Jamia Masjid followed by lunch together at home. After taking meals Beigh went out to meet someone.
On Tuesday, Beigh’s family and fellow villagers again came out to hold protests and attempted to block Srinagar-Bandipora road. However, they were persuaded by the civil and police authorities to withdraw the protest on the assurance that they would meet their missing relative in the evening as his whereabouts have been found.
Abdul Ahad Beigh said that Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Sajjad Hussain along-with DySP Sumbal and SHO arrived on the spot and told the protesters that Reyaz has been traced in Srinagar. The officials took Reyaz’s policeman brother and some of his friends to their office and assured them that a meeting with the missing youngster would be arranged in the evening.
Following these assurances, the protest was withdrawn.
However, later in the day, it turned out that the administration had no information on the whereabouts of the missing trader.
SHO Sumbal and ASP told Kashmir Reader that they did not give any assurance to the youngster’s family on arranging a meeting with him in the evening.
“The officers only assured the family that Reyaz will be found as police is doing its job and working on various angles to trace him out”, the officers told Kashmir Reader.
“I have not said any such thing (of arranging meeting in the evening) in front of family and villagers”, Deputy Commissioner Sajjad Hussain told Kashmir Reader. “I only assured the family that police is doing its job to trace him out”, he said.
Reyaz’s uncle Abdul Ahad Beg accused the district administration of playing with the emotions of his family.
“They (administration) lied to us so that we withdrew from the road. If we had a slight inkling that the DC is lying to us, we would have blocked the highway for the entire day”, he said.