SRINAGAR: A group of residents on Saturday staged protest demonstration in uptown Srinagar on the first anniversary of a youngster who was killed in mysterious circumstances along the railway tracks in Peerbagh area of city outskirts. The protesters who included the parents of the slain 19-year-old engineering student Owais Bashir Malik accused the police of shielding the “culprits involved in the murder”.
The protesters who were shouting slogans against the police and the local administration for prolonging investigation that led to “sheltering then killers” also attempted to block the airport road.
“The police have provided the false reports about the murder and are shielding the culprits,” the locals said.
Owais went missing under mysterious circumstances January 12, 2016 and his throat-slit body was recovered under the Humhama railway bridge after two days.
After protests over the mysterious death, the then additional deputy commissioner Bashir Ahmad was appointed to investigate into the death.
Police later claimed that they have arrested the culprit behind the murder of 19-year- old Owais. However, the family and relatives refuse the police version and alleged that they are shielding the killers.
Chanting anti-police slogans, the protesters demanded justice to the alleged killers of the engineering student.