Family of slain Kupwara man appeal Punjab Police to speed-up probe

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Srinagar, May 4 (GNS): Family of a slain Kupwara man murdered in Jalandhar city of Punjab last month on Wednesday appealed Punjab Police to speed up probe of the case and alleged that the police there have let off a prime accused.

Maqsood Shah, a resident of Kupwara in north Kashmir, was found murdered at a dam near village Parjian Kalan in Jalandhar after which an FIR No. 48/2016 under section 302, 201 IPC was registered and investigation started by Punjab Police. The body had violence marks on the face and neck.

Subsequently, Punjab police cops arrested three accused, Abdul Rashid Khawaja son of Mohammad Yousf Khawaja, a resident of Thandipora Muqam in Kupwara, Manjeet Singh alias Mandeep of Nakodar, Shahkote and Amandeep Singh alias Amna of Shahkot.

The Punjab Police had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident and had said that it will send the team to Kupwara for further probe and had hinted towards more arrests.

However, the family of the slain today alleged that the probe is going on at snail’s pace and the SIT has not visited the Kupwara. Mouzam Shah, a close relative of the slain, told GNS: “Police there is not speeding up the probe and have also let a prime accused, who is a Temple Sadhu, free. Also, the SIT which they were supposed to send here has not arrived yet.”

He urged the Punjab Police to expedite the probe of the Maqsood’s murder and immediately arrest all other accused persons. “We hope that other accused would be nabbed and booked,” he added. (GNS)