Police ‘inefficiency’ contributed to missing boy’s death


Anantnag: Body of a four-year-old Ayan Hamid of Dooru Shahbad Anantnag was recovered from a nearby stream on Saturday after 11 days.

Ayan had gone missing outside the home of his relative at Pehroo, KP Road last month. 

His mysterious disappearance had triggered massive protests in the area and shutdown in Anantnag.  

“This is a complete failure on the part of police,” said Altaf Ahmad, a schoo teacher. “The police are keen to apprehend stone pelters but when it comes to real policing, the department miserably fails.”

He said the police inefficiency was a major cause behind the breakdown of law and order in the town. “Police had been silent about the matter and no efforts were being done to locate the missing boy,” said another local, Riyaz Ahmad. “The police inefficiency could be gauged by the fact that it were the locals that informed the police about the missing boy when they had spotted his body in a nallah.”

According to the SHO Anantnag, Aadil, some locals informed the police that body of a child has been found.  “On reaching the spot we saw the body on the stream bank.” he said.

The body has been brought to District hospital Anantnag  for post mortem and a relative of the child has ascertained his identity. The child went missing on 22nd March from Pehru. 

Police had launched search operation and on to locate the missing kid. Police had filed an FIR 70/16 under section, 363 RPC.

Earlier a 2 year old girl went missing from Ashmuqam area. Ayan’s death has send panic waves among the parents and are exercising extra caution with regard to the safety of their children as rumours in the town are doing rounds that an unknown gang is kidnapping the kids. 


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