Shopian accident victim’s family suspects foul play, demands probe

Shopian: A Shopian family is suspecting foul play in the death of their son, Adil Shafi Mir, who was reportedly killed in an accident in Poshana area of Poonch district, Jammu, while carrying apple boxes from Shopian to Surankote (in Poonch).
The family alleges their son has been murdered and the death has been passed off as an accident.
Sheeraz Ahmad Mir, the deceased’s brother, told Kashmir Reader that Adil had been hired by traders to carry apple boxes to Surankote through Mughal road as a routine part of his job. He went on November 6 to Surankote again while carrying apple boxes and was accompanied by another driver who was, like him, driving a load-carrier auto.
“We received a call from the fellow driver, Muhammad Yaqoob – he is a resident of Nagrota, Jammu, and was living here in the summers as a nomad for the last six years. Yaqoob too was carrying apple boxes and he told us over the phone that my brother had met with an accident and died on spot. We believed him at the first instance, but when we saw the auto (Adil’s load-carrying vehicle) had no damage, we thought something fishy had happened as Yaqoob’s auto had more damage,” Sheeraz said.
He added that both the load carriers were accompanied by two traders who had hired Adil for carrying apple boxes. They identified one of them as Irfan Ahmad Khan, son of Abdul Qayoom Khan, resident of Dargloom area of Poonch, seen in a car with registration number PB02Y 4900. “They (the traders) didn’t even carry him to hospital. There were only 10 minutes between us and the police to reach the place where the so-called accident happened,” the uncle of the slain said. “While we went from here after crossing about 80 kms, but the police was some 15 km from the site.”
The family added that the body was lying some 300 metres from the spot of the accident. “The police didn’t even bring the accused for questioning. It was a pre-planned murder, and police is giving leeway to the murderers,” Muhammad Ashraf, another of Adil’s relatives, said. He added that they even gave the details of the traders to the police, but police didn’t arrest them or bring them for questioning.
The case is a clear murder, the family alleges, asking if the traders were not involved in Adil’s death, why didn’t they visit them again or even call the police or the other driver who was accompanying them. “They are absconding, and the police are not playing their part,” Sheeraz said.
Adil, according to his family, was married three years ago and has a two-year-old daughter. Hajra Banoo, his mother, said that she wants justice as her son was killed in cold blood under a pre-planned murder. “I have no one to take care of me. My husband died in 2003, Adil was with me and my other son was living separately. What will I do for his wife? Adil’s daughter is searching for her father, who will I show her as her father?” she said.
The family has requested the senior superintendent of police, Shopian, to help them find justice. Senior deputy superintendent of police (SDSP), Surankote, Asgar Ali Malik told Kashmir Reader that they were investigating all the aspects of the case. “We have registered case under 304 A, and we are investigating the incident. We have arrested a person in the regard and are questioning him,” he said.
When asked why the traders who hired Adil had not been brought for questioning, he said the concerned station house officer was on leave and that all accused would be brought for questioning. He assured every legal help would be provided to Adil’s family, and that nobody would be spared if involved in murder.