SRINAGAR: The family of Owais Bashir Malik, the uptown youth found murdered on the outskirts of Srinagar in January this year, approached the former minister of state (MoS) on Monday to seek his help in getting the forensic report.
“The family came to meet me today and briefed me about the case. They didn’t seem satisfied with the police investigation and the delay they (police) are making in producing the forensic report before the court,” Wani told Kashmir Reader.
Wani, who is seen a close confidant of former chief minister Omar Abdullah, said the police should have taken the family into confidence and made them aware about the facts of the case. He termed the delay in presenting the report before the court as “unjustified”.
“I don’t understand why police, in the first place, is hiding the report from the family. They have to share every detail with the family,” he said. “I will help the family in getting the forensic report. It’s their right and they shall not be deprived of it.” He also contacted the director of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and asked him to share report. “The director told me that he would get back to me after finding out whether or not the report has been finalised,” Wani said. “The family has approached me with a hope. I won’t disappoint them.”
Bashir Ahmad Malik, father of the victim, said: “We have pinned our hopes on Nasir Sahab and he has assured us of help.”
On January 14, Malik’s mutilated body was found near the railway track on the city outskirts. Amid protests over his murder, police held a youth, Ishaan, on charges of murder.
Three railway police constables were also arrested in connection with the murder. According to police, the constables had found the body but, fearing they would be pulled up for lax patrolling, dragged it and dumped it at some distance away from the scene of the crime. The dragging of the body, police had claimed, created scratch marks on his back. The forensic report acquired and reported by Kashmir Reader, however, questioned the police version of the crime.
On Sunday, the family threatened to launch a stir if the police didn’t produce the forensic report within two days.