SRINAGAR: After yesterday’s protest by family members and relatives of Owais Bashir, who were agitated after getting the forensic report and blocked the airport road for 3 hours, they were apparently repeatedly called by police officials and asked for a meeting, but the family refused the invitation.
The meeting was supposed to be attended by Deputy Inspector General, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, Senior Superintendent of Police, Budgam, Fayaz Lone, and tehsildar of district Budgam.
“I don’t understand why they called us. They are saying they will reinvestigate the case now. What were they doing all these months? There so-called investigation has come under question after the forensic report. They were so confident about their investigation that they filed a chargesheet where they ‘proved’, by slaughtering a sheep on the railway track, that Owais’ body was eaten by dogs. Why do they want to reinvestigate the case now? Does it mean that the chargesheet they filed is also wrong,” asked Mohammad Altaf Malik, Owais’ cousin.
The family questions the intent of the police for asking for the meeting: “The forensic report was with the police for more than a month. Their questions too were answered by the forensic experts. Why didn’t they, then, think of reinvestigating the case.
We know they called us to placate us with their false promises which they have done earlier as well. But we are not going to fall in a trap,” said Bashir Ahmad, the father.
Earlier, when Owais was killed, SSP Budgam and the DIG went to meet the family and promised them a fair investigation. The police officials then hid the fact that there were burn marks on Owais’ thighs.
Owais was apparently killed on 12 January and his body was found on the 14th of that month by a railway track at Humhama.