Family members, relatives block highway over youth’s suspicious death



In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the aggrieved family members of the student, who was found hanging in the hostel room of degree college, Kathua, blocked Jammu-Pathankot highway in protest.

Arun Kumar, resident of Pathankot, who was studying in Government Degree College, Kathua, was found hanging in his room at boys hostel, Kathua, by his friends.

The protesting family members and his relatives blocked the Jammu-Pathankot highway to get justice and demanded an enquiry into the mysterious death of their kin.

The family members smell the foul play in term-ing the death as suicide by college management. They put the body of the youth in the centre of the road and raised slogans seeking justice.

The wailing family members were shocked over the death of the youth in mysterious circumstances and said that he had a lot of wound marks on his body. The family asked why the body was not brought down from the gallows in the presence of family and why a postmortem was not conducted in the presence of family members? They said that Arun Kumar was murdered as per prima facie evidence.

They said on the day of death Arun Kumar was alone in his room and the window of the room was broken. The guard of the hostel was on leave and there was no CCTV installed in the hostel. The wailing and sobbing Arun’s mother said, “My son was very friendly and never adopted any bad habits or company. He was very intelligent and there is no matter behind to commit suicide. It is a clear-cut murder of my son as his body has wound marks which indicated that he was beaten up mercilessly by someone in the hostel and hanged to death’’. She was narrating the whole story of an unfortunate night while tears were yelling from her eyes to Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Kathua, Deepika Rana.

The traffic was suspended on the busy highway and a long queue of vehicles was seen on the road. The ADC, Kathua, Deepika Rana and ASP, Paramjit Singh reached the spot and assured the protesters that the justice will prevail and fair enquiry will be made into the matter. After his assurance the sit-in was lifted and the traffic was restored on the highway.—KMS