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Missing Kupwara man’s body found after 75 days; Mehbooba calls for genuine probe

KUPWARA: The body of a missing man from Kunan was recovered after 75 days from PK Galli forests in Kupwara.

A police spokesperson in a statement said, “In continuation to missing of Abdul Rashid Dar of Kunan area of Kupwara on December 16, 2022, on early Wednesday morning a dead (the body was) recovered from Zurhama -PK Galli forests,”.

Adding that he said, “The body was brought to SDH Kupwara where it was identified by the relatives of (the) missing person). After completing all medico-legal formalities including post-mortem by a team of doctors, he said, the body was handed over to the family members for burial. “Cognizance of the matter has been taken for further investigations,” he said, adding, “Further details will be shared.”

At a presser, a police officer had said that the man was allegedly picked up by the army for questioning in connection with a militancy-related investigation. However, the officer said that he fled from custody.

Replying to the funeral video of slain Abdul Rashid, the PDP President in a series of tweets said, Extremely disturbed to see pictures of the mutilated body of Abdul Rashid from Kunan Poshpora. Wasn’t allowed to visit the family under the pretext of security. What transpired after the Army picked him up for questioning months ago is anybody’s guess”.

Adding that he said, “In absence of any accountability such incidents have been normalised after 2019. Probes & inquiries fail to nail culprits & deliver justice”.

A genuine probe needs to be ordered. Until then the least the LG administration & Army can do is to take steps by providing a government job & financial assistance to the victim’s family who has lost their sole breadwinner, Mehbooba said in the tweet.


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