Forensic experts question police report

Peerbagh youth’s death

Srinagar—Forensic experts have questioned the police account into the death of 22-year-old engineering student Owais Bashir Malik of Peerbagh whose body was found near the railway track in Peerbagh on January 14, saying it was a case of homicide that needed a thorough investigation.
On January 19, top police officers told a press conference that Owais had died in a scuffle with a youngster, Ishaan, whom he had befriended on Facebook. The police theory was that the two had fallen in love and Ishaan would talk like a girl (his Facebook account name was Umaira) not only with Owais but his family members as well.
However, the two came to blows when, during their first meeting on January 12, Owais realised that he had been conned into this ‘relationship’ by a boy. During the scuffle, police said, Owais fell and his head hit some hard object, causing his death.
The murder had triggered massive demonstrations in the area, with many protesters saying the deceased had been tortured. Their apprehensions were based on the fact that flesh on Owais’s chest had been torn apart, which police attributed to stray dogs.
However, forensic experts at the Department of Government Medical College have picked holes in the police report. Kashmir Reader has found that Owais’s body had been sent for post mortem to the district hospital Budgam. However, the doctors had refused to conduct the autopsy and advised the police to have the forensic experts do the same.
Forensic experts from the Government Medical College, Srinagar, and a few doctors from the health department conducted the post mortem at the Panthachowk mortuary.
“We compiled a preliminary report in which we mentioned that the death has been caused by fatal bleeding.—KR

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