21 days on, body of Sopore missing goldsmith still untraced
Srinagar, Jan 16: The family members of missing goldsmith presumed to be dead Tuesday blocked road for hours in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, demanding his body.
Pertinently, Tariq Ahmed had been missing since December 26 while according to police after being kidnapped he was murdered and his body was thrown into the river.
Hailing from Kalaroos area of Kupwara district, the young goldsmith was running a jewellery shop in apple town Sopore.
The police have already arrested four persons Mohammad Sajad Lara son of Mohammed Afzal Lara, Mohammad Adil Lara son of Mohammed Afzal Lara residents, Ghulam Mohammed Lara son of Ghulam Qadir Lara and Nayeem Ahmad Lara son of Ghulam Mohammed Lara, all residents of Ashpeer Sopore for their involvement in the crime.
The accused according to police have confessed that after abducting Tariq Ahmed, they first strangulated him, looted gold and threw his body in the river.
The family members and relatives of goldsmith assembled near Iqbal Market Sopore and blocked the road for hours. They were demanding the body of the slain goldsmith.
“Either handover accused to us or recover the body of our beloved. Why can’t police recover his body when killers in custody know where they threw him in the river,” said a protester to news agency CNS.
Traffic was disrupted for hours due to protest demonstration.
SDPO Sopore Mashkoor Zargar said that police is making all efforts to locate the body. “We are doing our job. Sooner or later his body will be retrieved,” he said and appealed family members to have faith in police and law.