Srinagar – A pall of gloom descended on Laharwalpora village in north Kashmirs Bandipore district on Tuesday after the body of teenager was fished out from Wullar lake three days after he was drowned during a group clash.
Nigar Ahmad Dar son of Muhammad Sadiq Dar of Laharwalpora was drowned in the lake after he was allegedly hit by a lathi and injured during a group clash between sand extractors on Sunday. Although the Indian navy boats were also called out to join the rescue operation, his body could not be recovered.
During the continued search operation today, the highly decomposed body of the 15-year old boy was fished out and taken home where, amid sobs and shrieks of family members, relatives and neighbors, he was laid to rest in the local graveyard.
It may be recalled that following objections by the laborers of Baniyari to extraction of sand by those of Laharwalpora, a clash had taken place on Sunday in which the two groups used lathis, stones and other objects at each other. It was during this clash that Nigar Ahmad was hit in his head and injured after which he fell into the lake.
Reports said that although the family members and villagers of Laharwalpora tried to rescue Nigar Ahmad from drowning, the opponents allegedly obstructed their attempt with the result that he was drowned.
Meanwhile, police have declared an absconding murder accused identified as Abdul Hameed Shah son of Muhammad Akbar Shah of Shath Muqam, Lolab (Kupwara) as a proclaimed offender and announced a reward for anyone providing clue to his whereabouts.
Taking a serious view of the case under section 87/88 of RPC, the superintendent of police, Kupwara, has proclaimed Shah as the proclaimed offender. A case has already been registered against him vide FIR No 7/12 under section 302 Cr PC in connection with a murder in the area. (KMN)
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