Murder of Peerbagh Youth: SIT Detains Five Persons



Police have detained at least five persons in connection with the murder of an engineering student from Peerbagh Srinagar whose mutilated body had been recovered near Railway Track Humhama on Thursday.

The murder of Owais Bashir Malik had sparked violent protest while police had registered a murder case soon after the recovery of the body to pacify the sentiments of the protesters.

Deputy Inspector General Police for Central Kashmir Ghulam Hasan Bhat told CNS that a Special Investigation Team headed by SDPO Magam has already been constituted to investigate the killing. “The team has got some important leads and on the basis of those leads five persons have been detained. We have been questioning them and hopefully we are expected to crack this case within a short span of time,” he said.

“The police have been talking to the relatives, friends, and neighbours of the deceased youth and more arrests are expected in this case. Prima facie it appears it is a social crime and the youth have been tortured to death by those who were known to him.” Bhat said adding that he is personally in touch with the family of the deceased youth.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone who ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident had asked Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Hamidullah Mir, to look into circumstances of the youth’s death and come with a report within one month.

Assistant Commissioner Revenue Hamidullah Mir said that they have already informed the interested persons to record their statements in his office. “The enquiry team is in touch with police and other agencies. We hope that witnesses will record their statements in coming days so that this blind murder case can be cracked without any delay,” he said.

Meanwhile, expressing his deep shock, sorrow and grief over the mysterious killing of Owais Bashir Malik, Chairperson All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g), Syed Ali Geelani, demanded impartial investigation of this brutal murder by some independent agency.

He expressed his deep sympathy and condolence with the family of the slain youth and prayed for peace to the departed soul, a Hurriyat Conference (g) said.

“On the directions of Geelani Sahab a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat delegation led by senior Hurriyat leader Raja Mehraj-ud-din who was accompanied by Rameez Raja, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Umar Adil Dar, Nisar Ahmad Bhat, Jamsheed Ahmad Khan and other party activists today visited the residence of the deceased Peerbagh youth and expressed sympathy and condolence with the affected family,” the statement said.


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