Saleem Iqbal Qadri

Man abducted in Sopore found dead

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Sopore, Sept 24:  A 45-year-old man, abducted by unknown gunmen in Harwan area of north Kashmir’s Sopore town on Saturday night, was found dead in an orchard early Monday morning, police said.

According to reports, on late Saturday evening masked gunmen barged inside the house of a labourer Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, son of Ghulam Rasool Mir, at Harwan Sopore and took him with them.

Speaking to ‘Kashmir Images’, Senior Superintend of Police Sopore, Javaid Iqbal, said that Mushtaq’s dead body with three bullet wounds was recovered from Lathishat orchards, that is few meters away from Harwan village.

“We have sent the dead body for postmortem and after completing legal formalities, it will be handed over to kin,” officer added.

Meanwhile, police have registered a murder case (FIR no. 72/2018) and started investigation.

After the body was handed over to the family, hundreds of people assembled at Mir’s residence and later participated in his funeral at the local ‘martyr’s graveyard’.

Mushtaq has left behind a wife who is physically challenged, and two sons.

“My brother was very simple man and we are not able to understand why he was abducted and killed,” said Bashir Ahmad Mir, his brother.

“Our appeal to his killers is to please tell us why our Mushtaq was killed,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention that Muhstaq Ahmad Mir’s nephew Arif Ahmad Sofi (25), son of Muhammad Maqbool, originally a resident of Unsoo Handwara, who was working as salesman with a pharmaceutical company, was also shot dead by unknown gunmen outside his home in the same village on Jan 03, 2018.

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