Tourist death: Narbal families say youth being forced to ‘confess’ involvement

Tourist death: Narbal families say youth being forced to ‘confess’ involvement
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Narbal-Budgam: The family members of youths detained following the killing of a tourist in Narbal area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district are alleging that their kin are being implicated in false cases.
The families said that police had assured to release the youth after brief questioning, but haven’t.
“Police detained few persons including some old age persons during the night raids on very first day when news of a death of a tourist came. Police summoned the rest of the youth to police station and assured that after brief questioning they would be released soon,” a group of locals said.
“However, 14 days have passed and we are still waiting for our wards to return home. The police have cheated us by saying that they would be released soon”.
On May 8, a tourist from Chennai, R Thirumania, died in stone pelting at Narbal, after which police registered a case at Police Station Magam under FIR number 57/2018, under section 148, 247, 307 and 336 RPC.
Police officials said around 30 people have been detained for questioning.
The families fear that police is forcing their wards into a confession.
“There are apprehensions that the police are using all its might to force youth into confessing to the crime. We don’t even know if the incident took place here, how can we take responsibility of a murder that we did not commit?” Abdul Ahad Marazi, 60, who was also detained by the police in place of his two sons initially, said.
“We were shocked to hear the news of tourist’s death from TV channels. We are not able to come to terms,” he added.
Some other local residents also voiced similar concerns.
“If police has proof and eyewitnesses, then why don’t they reach to the conclusion and punish the real culprit and release others,” another said.
Another local resident, Khalil Marazi said the residents of Narbal “can’t bite the hand that feeds it”.
”A greater chunk of economy of the artists and shopkeepers comes from tourists in the area,” Marazi said.
An old lady, Beeba, whose son is in custody said “Our wards are being tortured in the custody to accept the murder. It is highhandedness of police.”
A top police official told Kashmir Reader that investigation is the case is going on.
“Eyewitnesses have also been brought to the police station to record their statement,” he said.
He added that in coming days the reality will come out and the culprits will be booked while as those not involved with the case would be released.