Mother-son duo held from neighborhood for murder
By: Jahangir Lolabi
Kupwara: Three weeks after the 8-year-old boy went missing from his house at Awoora village in this north Kashmir district, his body was recovered from Gujar Pati forest area in the vicinity on Tuesday, officials said.
Police have arrested mother-son duo for the murder of the minor.
As per the family, Talib Hussain son of Manzoor Ahmad Khan had disappeared moments after he left home on the fateful day on February 15.
The family said that after searching for the boy at every nook and corner did not fructify, police was informed. Since then, police have been on toes and had been relentlessly carrying the searches for the missing boy.
“The mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the year-old-boy Talib Ahmad Khan has been solved by Police after his body was recovered on the disclosure of the accused from a nearby forest area of village Awoora of district Kupwara,” police said in a statement said.
Since then, police had been on toes and had been relentlessly carrying out searches for the missing boy. “All water bodies, surrounding jungles and suspected places were searched by Police using drones and sniffing dogs but no clue could be struck,” police said, adding, “A large number of suspects were also put to sustained questioning during the last three weeks.”
After having explored all the possible angles and questioning of a large number of people in connection with the case , Police finally was able to zero in on the main suspect who after sustained questioning “confessed to the commission of crime and led to the recovery of the victim’s body,” SSP Kupwara Yougal Manhas in the statement.
Police and even some prominent members from the civil society had also announced reward for anyone who would help in tracing the innocent child. “The accused in the case has turned out to be the neighbour of the victim namely Aamir Ahmad Khan (19) son of Mohammad Amin Khan and his mother Shahnaza Begum (37),” the SSP said. However reason behind the gruesome incident is still part of investigation, police said.
After the post-mortem, Talib was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard.
“People in large number appreciated the police efforts in unearthing the missing mystery as the incident had created panic and a sense of security among parents in and around Kupwara.”
Police teams led by additional SP Pardeep Singh, DySP Headquarters Rashid Younis, Inspector Nazeer Ahmad (SHO of police station Trehgam) and Azhar Shakeel (IC PP) Awoora worked out the case after putting in relentless efforts, the officer added. (GNS)