Sopore: A shutdown was observed in North Kashmir’s Sopore town on Wednesday to mourn and protest the ‘kidnap and murder’ of a goldsmith on 26th of December last year.
The victim Tariq Ahmad Malik, 27, resident of Kalaroos Kupwara was living at Baba Yousuf Sopore from last 20 years.
The call for a shutdown was given by Traders Federation Sopore and was supported by Bar Association Sopore and the apple traders association Sopore.
Family members, relatives and the residents of Sopore joined the funeral prayers of trader at Iqbal Market. After the funeral prayers mourners people chanted slogans like ‘Kaatiloon ko fansi do’ (hang the murderers) and the body was handed over to his family members.
The dead body of the deceased was retrieved by locals with the help of police near Sopore Bypass Bridge from the river Jhelum after 34 days of his kidnaping and murder by four accused.
Shops, business establishments, coaching centres and private offices were shut while as traffic was plying normally in the town. The situation remained normal and government forces were not deployment in the town.
Police said that on 26th of December last year, Tariq Ahmad, owner of Karat Line Jewellery- a Jewellery shop at Chota Bazaar Sopore was kidnapped, strangulated and later on his body was disposed of into river Jhelum by the four accused. The four accused, all residents of Sopore confessed the crime before police and have been booked on kidnaping and murder charges.
Postmortem of the body was completed at SDH Sopore in police presence. Hospital authorities at Sopore after completing medico legalities of the body handed over to the family.