Body of mentally-challenged man handed to Rainwari family

An eerie silence prevails outside the house of Ali Mohamad Sofi of Naidyar, Rainawari. A few family members and neighbours wait outside this two-storey house. Few wails and sobs break the silence every time a new visitor arrives at the house.

The family is wailing over the death of their mentally unstable member Fayaz Ahmad Sofi. Talking about his mental state the family says “he could identify the relatives and neighbours, but he couldn’t travel far.”

The family alleges Fayaz was killed by soldiers when he had gone out on Saturday, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.

“He left the house in the morning on Saturday and in evening some of our neighbours saw the forces putting a shirt over his face and abducting him,” Said Fayaz’s father, Ali Mohammad.

The family says that they had no clue where their son had gone and in order to know about the whereabouts of their missing son they filed a missing report with the Rainawari Police Station.

“We tried to look out for him everywhere, even in the hospitals, and then we filed a missing report on Monday in the nearby police station, as there was no news about him,” said a family member.

On Saturday, the family was summoned to the police station and asked to identify the body of a dead person who turned out to be Fayaz.

The police told the family that Fayaz had drowned in Kangan, about 50km from Rainawari.

The family dismisses police version.

“If there was curfew how could he reach Kangan? They are clearly trying to cover up the murder,” Ali Mohammad said.

“They have not been able to answer our questions. They are lying,” he added.

One of the relatives who had seen Fayaz’s body when he was given the ritual  bath (Ghusl) told Kashmir reader that there were injury marks all over his head  and face.

The family said the post mortem had been conducted without their consent.