Protest in Bandipora as teacher missing week on

Protest in Bandipora as teacher missing week on

MANTRIGAM, BANDIPORA: A week has passed, but the missing 30-year old government school teacher from Bandipora district has still not returned, leaving his distraught family shattered. On Saturday, the family and people from his village, Mantrigam, held a strong protest against the administration and the police for failing to trace him and instead showing “leniency” in the case.
On Monday, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, 30, who is a resident of Sheikhpora in Mantrigam village, according to the family left home for his duty to Chutimullah village but hasn’t returned home since.
The teacher’s dismayed father, Abdul Rahman Lone, said, “No officer, apart from the headmaster, from the Education Department has even bothered to visit me to offer a comforting hand.”
In an appeal to the public, Mushtaq’s broken mother said, “I am apologetic for whatever mistake my son may have committed or if he owns money to anyone. I beg whoever knows of his whereabouts to please spare him for God’s sake and return him to me and I will pay them it.” In sobs, she said that her son was her only hope and, without him, she “would die a painful death My only request is that I want him back.”
The mother said the family was not ‘suspicious’ of anybody and has no clue why he went missing.
The family informed that their son had left from school with the headmaster in the evening and travelled with him to the bus stand in Bandipora market. After that, there is no trace of him, the family said.
The aggrieved brother and uncle of the missing school teacher lashed out at the police and administration for showing leniency in the case, saying that no help was being taken from CCTV camera footage and that even they were failing to pinpoint his location.
His brother said, “The CCTV camera in the market was non-functional, which was the administration’s fault, but if the police were serious in the case, they could have taken help from CCTVs installed at the nearby bank. Apart from that, his phone was active till Thursday, even his display picture on Facebook was changed recently, but despite his two phone numbers being put in the intercepter by the police, he hasn’t yet turned up.”
Blocking the Bandipora-Gurez road on Saturday, the family and locals protested against the administration’s leniency, apart from that of the Education Department and the police. The uncle of the teacher said, “The Deputy Commissioner Bandipora was least interested in the matter and wasn’t mobilising forces for swift action.” The family warned of stronger protests if the administration was “lenient” in the matter.
Police on Friday said, “Following the information of the missing report lodged in PS Pethkoot, a manhunt was launched to trace the missing person.” The police also circulated the information among the general public to seek help in tracing his whereabouts.