Handwara: A 28-year-old man who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Friday evening was found dead in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday afternoon.
Official sources said that some people from Naghama village of Kralgund in Handwara tehsil spotted a bullet-riddled dead body in nearby paddy fields on Saturday afternoon. They informed the local police. A team from Kralgund police station reached the spot and took the dead body to the nearby sub-district hospital at Kralgund. The deceased was identified as Shahnawaz Ahmad Khan, son of Gulam Rasool Khan of Naghama village. He, according to local sources, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Friday evening at about 7:30pm from outside his home. His body more marks of pistol fires on his face.
Soon after the body’s identification, a large number of people from Naghama including his family members and relatives reached the Kralgund hospital where police handed them the body. The Kralgund police station has registered a case and is investigating the death.
Locals of the area told Kashmir Reader that the deceased had spent two months in Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital last year after being hit by a bullet fired by government forces on August 5. Police officers denied such reports and called them incorrect.
The deceased was also booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in 2008 when he was arrested after unknown gunmen hurled a hand-grenade on a police party near Kralgund police station. The attack caused the death of head constable Irfan Ahmad. Later, Shahnawaz was booked under the PSA but released after 18 months. He was a tractor driver by profession and also worked as a cook.
SSP Handwara Gulam Jeelani said that the police had registered a case and started an investigation. He confirmed that the deceased had pistol bullet injures on his face. The SSP denied reports that Khan had been hit by a police bullet during the 2016 unrest. “Some media reports said that he had sustained bullet injury in the 2016 unrest but they are baseless and false,” the SSP said.