‘Murdered’ Soldier’s Family Seek CBI Probe

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Srinagar: The family of an army man who was allegedly abducted and killed by militants in August this year, staged a protest here on Wednesday demanding CBI probe in the mysterious disappearance of their son.

The family and relatives of Territorial Army rifleman Shakir Manzoor appeared in Srinagar’s Press Colony on Wednesday and staged a protest against the alleged indifference and failure of the state authorities, especially the police in tracing the whereabouts of the soldier. The family alleged that the soldier was abducted in broad day light and paraded in several villages but police have no clue of his abductors.

On August 2, Rifleman Shakir Manzoor of 162 Battalion (TA) went missing and his vehicle was found abandoned and burnt in south Kashmir’ Kulgam district. Shortly after his alleged abduction, an unverified audio clip surfaced on social media in which a person, suspected to be a militant, claimed to have killed and buried Manzoor discreetly.

Narrating the sequence of events, Shakir’s father Manzoor Ahmad Wagay told journalists that his son was abducted and paraded through several villages in full public glare, days after he was transferred from Rangreth to Shopian.

“Since his abduction, I have been aimlessly and tirelessly looking for my son. I even put to risk my fellow villagers who have been searching for Shakir for last three months. However, no one came to our help, especially police,” Wagay said.

He said while searching for his son, he discovered the body of a missing Khanmoh Sarpanch from an orchard in Shopian. However, his son, he said remains untraced 100 days after abduction.

“I have no clue about my son. If my son has been killed, I deserve to see his body. If he’s alive, then he must be traced,” Wagay said, adding “ “We demand the case by investigated by the CBI to bring out the truth,”

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