Handwara killing case: No one turns up to record statement

Admin to extend period for inquiry

Srinagar: Even after the deadline ended on Sunday, no one came to record statement in the murder case of a youth in Handwara who went missing on August 21.
This was confirmed to the Kashmir Reader by the magistrate investigating the killing of Shahid Bashir Mir.
“Nobody came to record his/her statement till Sunday (evening),” said Manzoor Ahmad Pir, the additional district magistrate Kupwara. He has been asked to investigate the case. “I will extend the time by 15 days now.”
On August 22, a day after Shabir went missing from home, Indian army soldiers had claimed that they killed a militant in Handwara forests. The slain later turned out to be Shahid Bashir Mir, a person with no militant records. The murder triggered massive protests in Daril, Tarathpora, Shahid’s native village, located 23 kilometers from Handwara town, against the “staged encounter” by the army.
“Now, I will visit Shahid’s home as well,” Pir said. However, he added, that the district administration Kupwara was busy for some days as the next district Board meeting was scheduled for 21st of this month besides several officials were being trained for elections in Srinagar.
In the notice, 12DMV/Adm/2017 dated 24-08-2017, issued by the Kupwara district administration on September 08, the magistrate had asked the witnesses to record their statements in his office anytime up to September 17.
Police have already given a clean chit to Shahid’s family that he was not a militant. His track record is clean.
“The chapter (of investigation) has not been closed… date will be extended and the (enquiry) process is on,” Pir said.
An FIR 83/ 2017 was registered on August 24 at police station Wilgam over the incident.
He said that he will have to visit the spot where locals claimed that Shahid was arrested by army. “The investigation will need evidence for which graphics of the spot are needed,” he informed.
Shahid was a college student. His father Bashir Ahmad Mir is a carpenter and slain Shahid was eldest among his siblings – four daughters and two sons, the youngest being a 4th standard student.