The body of Bilal Ahmad Bhat, 28, a post graduate in Economics was Tuesday morning found mysteriously in an apple orchard, triggering panic in village Baskuchan in the outskirts of Shopian in south Kashmir.
Angry people set the residential house of Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh on fire, alleging that his son was “involved in the murder.”
Bilal son of late Abdul Ahad Bhat did not return after he left for prayers on Monday evening. Family sources of Bilal told Kashmir Life that he was probably abducted on his way to home and later on “murdered.”
“Bilal went to the Masjid to offer prayers last evening and while returning he was abducted near his fields in the village,” The family sources said adding, “The body of Bilal is having clear torture marks.”
In the meantime hundreds of angry villagers gathered and attacked the residential house of the village head, Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh alleging that his son was involved in the “murder” of Bilal. Before setting the residential house of Sheikh on fire, the angry people reached the district headquarters and registered their protest by sloganeering. They also tried to force a shutdown in the town but did not succeed.
“The son of Sheikh is working in the house of Bilal and he had some dispute with him. That might be the reason Bilal was murdered,” The angry people said.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) south Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told Kashmir Life that the family members of Sheikh were absent when the angry mob set their house on fire. “The first suspicion about Bilal’s murder goes on the family of Sheikh who had left the village very early,” the DIG said.
The body of Bilal was later sent for post mortem but so far no FIR has been registered regarding his “murder.”