Aishmuqam: A shutdown was observed in several parts of south Kashmir’s Anantnag town over the mysterious disappearance of 4-year-old boy Ayan Shah who went missing from Pehru village. The kids’ relatives and police are separately searching for the boy.
Shah’s inconsolable mother Sami Jan has offered all her jewellery to anyone who traces the whereabouts of her missing son. She had gone to her relatives’ place at Pehru alongwith her son where the tragedy took place on Monday. “Myon maharaz chu zindai (My groom is alive)”, she says. “He has not drowned. He will return”.
Jan said that she asked the domestic help at her relative’s house to take her son out for a while to play in the local park. She said that she heard her son call to her while she worked in the kitchen. “I heard him cry mama and rushed out immediately. He again called my name but in a feeble voice as if someone choked his throat. By the time I reached the gate, he was nowhere to be seen,” Sami told Kashmir Reader.
Police, meanwhile, remained clueless about the missing child for the third consecutive day.
Apart from contacting the police, the family has even approached peers and faith-healers in the area to help them trace the missing lad.
The boy’s maternal uncle pasted a large-size photo on his car’s windscreen and went to most of the adjacent villages to try and find some leads.
“We are investigating the case. There is the possibility of both drowning as well as kidnapping. We have searched the local stream, but there is no trace of the child. At this stage, we cannot rule out drowning,” SHO Anantnag Adil Ahmad told Kashmir Reader. He added that sniffer dogs had also been roped in for the search.
Meanwhile, a shutdown was observed in Anantnag town over the disappearance of the kid. Most shops remained closed in the business hub of Lal Chowk and other localities while traffic was also affected. People also held protests near Iqbalabad Pehru, from where the child went missing and blocked the road for some time.
This is the second such incident where a child has disappeared in the southern district. Earlier, a two-year-old girl disappeared from Seer Hamadan area of the district, and even after a month the police has failed to trace her.