Shopian: Alyalpora family alleges police for murdering their lone son, Qasid Mushtaq. The biker died while the pillion rider, Habil Manzoor, was seriously injured on Sunday evening in Kanipora area here in collision with a police vehicle.
The family alleges that the Habil witnessed the police vehicle repeatedly crushing Qasid to death before fleeing the spot. They demand an impartial probe into the matter and seek that “guilty be brought to justice”.
Qasid father, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, said that his son was a victim of a “pre-planned murder plot”. He said, “After hitting him, the driver of Rakshak crushed my son repeatedly”.
The biker’s uncle, Hilal Ahmad Mir, said that he spoke to Habil. “He said he begged the policemen to take Qasid to the hospital, but they (police) crushed him with their vehicle again and ran from the spot. He said that they were lying there for 20 minutes and police even didn’t bring them to the hospital”.
Family says that Qasid was detained several times by police on charges of stone throwing and he had several cases registered against him in Shopian police station.
Hilal told the family that if Qasid was brought to hospital on time, he could have survived. “For instance it was an accident. Still it was their (police’s) duty to carry us to the hospital. But instead that they left us wounded on the street,” he told Qasid’s family.
Police sources said that Qasid was a stunt biker, a rash rider and drove without headlights even during the night.
Qasid grandfather, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, said that police told them they have booked the driver and they were investigating the facts. “But the driver was roaming freely,” he said. “We want an impartial probe into Qasid’s death and guilty persons should be brought to justice. The nature of accident shows that it was a murder, not a simple accident,” Mir said.
Senior superintendent of Police Shopian, S A Dinkar, said the legal procedure was taking its own course. He added that the investigation was on.
Meanwhile, a shutdown was observed in the main town. All business establishments remained closed and traffic was thin.