BudgamA 21 year old youth from central Kashmirs Budgam district was found dead at his rented room in the tourist resort of Manali in Himachal Pradesh on Friday evening.
Muneeb Hussain Mir, son of Nisar Hussain Mir of Wahdatpora village of Budgam was found hanging inside his room at Bhajogi locality of Manali by his colleagues, family sources said.
Muneeb, sources said, was immediately rushed to nearby hospital by local Kashmiris, where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Muneebs death has plunged his native village in mourning. His father Nissar Ahmad said that the news of Muneebs death has shattered the family. He said his son had promised him to come home on Monday for Muharram.
“Spot of the incident reveals he has committed a suicide,” SHO Harish Kumar told Kashmir Observer over phone.
He said a case under section 174 CrPc has been registered and investigations set in to motion.
“The cause of death will be ascertained once post mortem report will come”, the officer added.
However, Mir’s family refuted the suicide version and alleged that there son has been ‘murdered’.
Just a few days back, I spoke to him. He sounded perfectly fine. I dont believe he has committed suicide, as claims are being made, Ahmad said.
Seeking investigation into his death, Ghulam Rasool, Muneebs uncle said, “We demand free and fair investigation into his death.”
Raising questions over police claims he said Muneeb has been murdered as he had a normal conversation with family and friends before this unfortunate incident happened.
Muneeb, he said had left for Manali on April 20 this year for business puposes.
Another cousin of Muneeb said that, “Muneeb was asked by his colleagues to prepare food for dinner and at around 10 PM when they reached their room they found him lying unconscious.”
Muneeb’s friends who are in shock and grief said they were waiting for him to return on Monday as he had planned to attend Muharam here but nobody knew he is coming wrapped in a shroud.
He said they received report that before few days Muneeb had a scuffle with some people and he was beaten up
Meanwhile after the news spread, people started pouring into the residence of Nisar Hussain and expressed condolences with him.
SHO Budgam Mohammad Rafiq Shah when contacted said that the police have taken up the matter with their counterparts in Manali.
Meanwhile, Budgam residents led a nocturnal protest against the mysterious death of Muneeb
Raising slogans ‘we want justice, punish Muneeb’s killers’, people held a candle light vigil.
Debunking Manali police version that Mir has committed a suicide, protesters alleged Muneeb was murdered.
“One cannot think about Muneeb’s suicide, we know him very well, he was murdered,” said a group of protesters.
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