A mysterious ‘double-murder’ of two friends in Anantnag district's Mattan area continues to remain a mystery even after 25 days of the crime.
While the family claims the duo paid the price for acting as whistleblowers against narcotics trafficking, police deny the allegations.
The bodies of the duo --- Sabzar Ahmed Bhat, son of Ghulam Rasool Bhat, a resident of Mattan, and Muzaffar Ahmed Kenu, son of Ghulam Mohamad, a resident, of Dharan --- were found early in the morning on October 19 near Akhoora bridge in south Kashmir's Mattan area. The last time the family saw them was around 5 pm on October 18 when they left together.
“The bodies were found in mysterious conditions. It’s a difficult case as the bodies bore no marks of injuries or trauma. We have sent viscera to the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) Srinagar to ascertain the cause of death and the final report is awaited. Once both post mortem and FSL report reaches we will be able to take action,” station house officer (SHO) Mattan Ashiq Ahmad told the Hindustan Times.
Around six persons have been questioned in the case on the basis of mobile call details and proximity of the duo. “There are a few suspects but no conclusive evidence or pointer is there to make any arrest in the case,” said SHO Ahmad. The police had detained and questioned a local teacher also in the case.
But the family accuses the police of cover up. “Both Bhat and Kenu helped the police in raiding a house of a person who was dealing in narcotics just a day before the duo was killed,” said Muzaffar’s cousin Khursheed Kenu. The family suspects the hand of narcotics dealers in the alleged murder.
Sabzar Ahmed, a three-wheeler driver, has been in touch with the police for long. “The police used to hire his three-wheeler service. But the fact is no house was raided by the police as claimed by the family. The family is cooking up a story, which is baseless,” said SHO Ahmad. “Facts will speak for itself soon,” he added.
The family, however, alleges that the police were “siding with the narcotics dealers”.
“The police keep seeking cooperation from the public to end menace of drugs in the district. Unfortunately, when people came forward the police are siding with the culprits,” said Khursheed.