Slain biker’s family questions police investigation

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Fahim Matoo

Srinagar: Police has closed the case of 18-year-old Junaid Ahmad Bhat killed in a road accident three years ago, describing it as “untraced”.
Junaid, according to his family, was killed in a road accident on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway on 10 October 2015 when he was riding his bike along with a friend.
According to Junaid’s mother, Rifat, her son died in a road accident after his motorcycle was hit by a Maruti-800 car near Unani hospital near Shalteng.
His grandmother said that instead of tracing the accused, the police declared the culprit in the case as untraced. “Police has not investigated the case properly. Why they failed to hunt down the accused in the last two years?” she questioned while speaking to Kashmir Reader at her two-storey home in Bemina.
She said the family had visited the police station numerous times to follow the case but were left without any results.
Rifat added that her son had gone the day of the accident to collect study material from his teacher.
“Why police could not trace the culprits involved in the accident. Traffic policemen were posted nearby the spot. Why couldn’t they identify the accused vehicle?” she asked.
Junaid was known among his peers as a stunt biker who would carry out life-threatening stunts on his bike and post images of them online. He was popularly known as JB-93, the number emblazoned on the bike he was riding at the time of his death, instead of the vehicle’s registration number.
A police officer at Parimpora police station said the case is untraced and hence closed.