Locals bar media from reporting, family and friends do not allow post-mortem
Sopore: A macabre sequence of abduction, murder, and corpse dumped in an orchard repeated itself in Sopore when the body of a young butcher, who was abducted by masked gunmen from his shop, was found with the throat slit in the same orchard where the body of an abducted tailor was found lying some days ago.
Tawseef Ahmad Ganai, 26, was abducted by two masked gunmen on Wednesday from his shop in Younsu village, some 17 km from Sopore town, an area that police said comes under jurisdiction of Handwara police. Tawseef was a resident of Tujjar Sharief village of Sopore.
According to eyewitnesses, on Saturday morning the body was found lying in an orchard in Harwan village of Sopore, where some days ago the body of abducted tailor Mushtaq Ahmad Mir was found lying.
Eyewitnesses said that Tawseef’s throat had been slit.
Tawseef’s aged parents had made an appeal through a video on social media to his abductors to release him. The appeal evidently made no difference to the killers.
As soon as news of the killing came, locals took to the streets and blocked roads. They didn’t allow media persons to cover the incident. Family members and friends of the victim also didn’t allow health authorities to carry out post-mortem of the body.
The Block Medical Officer (BMO) of Sopore, Dr Sami, told Kashmir Reader that even though the family did not allow a post-mortem, it was not necessary as the cause of death was evident to everyone.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sopore, Javid Iqbal, said that preliminary investigations indicated the hand of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants in the killing.
When asked about family members and locals not allowing health officials and media persons to do their professional duties, the SSP said that it is to the disadvantage of the family as the post-mortem report may be needed in the prosecution of the case, which the police would not have.