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Missing Kashmiri youth in Mumbai found dead
Tension mounts in Old city of Srinagar with protests, stone pelting; body brought to Valley
SRINAGAR, July 14: Tension mounted in old city of Srinagar today and protest demonstrations were held as the body of a missing local youth was brought from Mumbai to his residence at Qalamdanpora-Nawabazar.

The family members alleged that the 35 year old Parvez Ahmed Teli was killed in custody by police in Mumbai. Reports of stone pelting were also received from Nawab Bazar area.

Thousands of people joined Parvez’s funeral. Deputy Inspector General of police Syed Afadul Mujtaba said Kashmir police is in touch with their counterparts in Mumbai to know about the circumstances in which the youth died.

Reports said Parvez was working as a salesman at a show room of Kashmir Arts in Bangalore. He was recently in Kashmir for two month holiday. According to his brother Firdous, the deceased was to leave for Bangalore on July 2 but had to go to Mumbai on the insistence of family members to give some shawls to his relatives there. “Our relatives in Mumbai said because of intense hot weather there, Parvez did not move out for three days from their residence. On July 5 he bought a bus ticket for Goa from Mumbai. At 5 PM on July 6, he went to purchase a water bottle before boarding the bus and went missing since then,” he said.

His Mumbai based relatives told Firdous that they wanted to lodge a missing repot in the concerned police station. Police recorded Parvez’s name but did not lodge the FIR. Firdous left for Mumbai from here on July 8 in search of his brother. He reached the city at 6 PM same evening and went to concerned police station, where he requested to lodge the missing report regarding his brother. Police refused to entertain his request saying the FIR can be lodged after 48 hours. “I remained in police station throughout the night and the cops registered the FIR next day.

“I kept on searching for my brother but he was untraced. A Kashmiri told me at Mohammad Ali Road that he had seen an injured person near a mosque, who later boarded a train. His boss at Bangalore was also informed on phone about his disappearance. I kept on searching for my brother. And also reached hospital also but could not trace him,” Firdous said.

On July 10, Firdous was contacted by Mumbai police and informed that his brother was found in an injured condition. He was hospitalised, where he died. But doctors told him that Parvez was brought to hospital at 10.55 AM on July 10 and was declared dead by doctors at 11.25 AM. Firdous stated that his body bore torture marks. “My brother was kept in custody by Mumbai police for four days. I approached J&K Resident Commissioner in Mumbai regarding the death of my brother and return of his body and sought his help but he showed no interest,” he said.

As the news about Parvez’s body reaching Nawab Bazar spread, people in large number moved out of their residences and reached the affected family. They held protest demonstrations and pelted stones on CRPF who also pelted stones back on the demonstrators. Demonstrations were also held near SMHS hospital, Rajouri Kadal, Gojwara, Fateh Kadal and Hawal as the body of Parvez was taken in procession for its burial at his ancestral graveyard at Malakhah Graveyard in Goojwara.

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) has expressed shock and grief over the mysterious killing of Parvez. He apprehended that the deceased was either killed by intelligence officials or communal elements. “We are trying our level best to take due care of tourists and yatris in Kashmir but Kashmiris are being killed under mysterious circumstances outside”, he said. Geelani demanded a probe by an impartial forum into the killing. He said the affected family had informed police on time and sought their help but the cops did not bother about it nor did they take any effective action.

News Updated at : Monday, July 15, 2013
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