Disappeared Barber From Pulwama Found Dead



A day before Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) expressed concern over the alleged disappearance of a man namely Ghulam Mohammad Hajam from Pulwama and demanded for his immediate release, his dead body was recovered from a river side in Pulwama district on Sunday.

Ghulam Mohammad Hajam (55) son of Ghulam Qadir Hajam, a barber from Tengpuna village of Pulwama went missing on January 3, 2016 and the family alleged that he was arrested by police during their action against the agitating people who have been demanding to erect a memorial, in memory of slain militants / civilians killed by the armed forces.

“Ghulam Mohammad disappeared from his shop. One of Hajjam’s neighbouring shopkeepers, a baker, told the family that he had seen Hajjam in the morning of January 3 working in his shop. Thereafter, his family received information from some reliable source that Hajjam was taken to Police Line Pulwama. On contacting the police, the family was told that few boys were taken into custody and later released. However, Police denied the arrest of Hajam,” APDP said in a statement.

“On January 17, 2016, the dead body of the disappeared Ghulam Mohammad Hajam has been recovered from the banks of river Jehlum at Charoosa Awantipora, in Pulwama district and his dead body is presently is lying in Police Station Awantipora. The family stated that police would hand over the dead body to them tomorrow after the autopsy is conducted.”

While strongly condemning abduction and killing of Ghulam Mohammad Hajam, APDP demands that there must be an impartial enquiry into the matter and the perpetrators behind the disappearance and subsequent killing of Hajam be brought to book.


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