Srinagar, Kashmir: Twenty-two year old youth, who was arrested on charges of stone throwing in past, was found dead in mysterious circumstances today in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Farooq Azam Khan, who was working as Data Operator, has gone missing three days ago. His body was fished out from river Jehlum in the outskirts of the summer capital, Srinagar, police said.
Farooq was arrested in 2009 on stone-throwing charges. “He had many cases and had to appear in court. We went to court to get his bail because he didn’t appear in the court a few days ago in one of the cases. But we couldn’t get bail due to some reasons. Besides, his lawyer wasn’t present there,” his brother, Nasir Azam Khan said.
Nasir ruled out that his brother may have committed suicide. “There was no such problem with him,” he said, adding, “He didn’t have personal animosity with anybody.”
Some witnesses claimed that “he had marks on his body, indicating that he dies after being hit by something,” but the police, on the other hand, said, “there were no such marks.”
The family claimed that policemen came to their house several times after Farooq missed the court hearing. However, police denied that they were on a look out for him.
“At 5:30 PM on 22 August, he left for office. We called him and he said I am on my way. After an hour, his mother again called him and he said, ‘he would reach home in five minutes.’ But, after that his phone was switched off. We traced his phone and the last location it showed was Zaina Kadal but after that we remained unaware about his whereabouts,” Nasir added.
“He was not wanted in any case, why we would search him?” Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Safa Kadal said.
The autopsy report hasn’t been handed to the family yet.