Hundreds of people, including prominent civil-society members, under the banner of Doda Joint Civil Society staged a protest on Thursday at the Old Bus Stand here demanding speedy investigation in the murder case of the 22-year-old engineering student, Mehraj Khalid Mintoo.
The members of the civil society expressed resentment and anguish over the delay in start of investigation in the murder case of Khalid Mintoo by Punjab Police. They also criticised the Jammu and Kashmir state government for their failure in sending a police team to Punjab.
The protestors demanded a CBI probe so as to ascertain the actual cause behind the murder of the engineering student in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab.
One of the speaker said, "With Khalid's death, the number of students belonging to Chenab Valley and studying outside the state that have died under mysterious circumstances has risen to six. But nobody knows the actual cause behinds their sudden deaths."
It is pertinent to mention that Mehraj Khalid Mintoo, 22, son of Riaz Ahmed Mintoo, a resident of Doda, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in the intervening night of January 18 and 19 in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. He was a student of final year in B Tech at Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Management College there.
However, minister of state for home, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, in an official letter had asked home department of state government to send a formal request letter to Punjab government to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) for probing the cause of death of Mintoo, besides sending a team of Jammu and Kashmir Police to coordinate with Punjab Police to facilitate the investigation.
Meanwhile, the protestors have warned the Punjab government, Punjab Police and state government to look into the matter at the earliest, otherwise "they would be forced to start a foot-march from Doda to Hoshiarpur".
Those who were present in the protest included civil society leader Ishtiaq Dev, chairman care for women and child Nuzhat Iqbal Zargar, president doda welfare society Mohammad Iqbal Balwan, low paid employees federation leaders Shakeel Dev and Ghulam Hassan Pampori, chairman Chenab Welfare and Educational Trust (CWET) Doda Shahab ul Haque Batt, president national rural health mission (NRHM) para medical association Faizan Tramboo, Rehbar e Taleem teachers' Forum president Sajjad Malik, tehsil president international human rights Ayaz Bangroo, president All India Students Federation (AISF) Doda Mukesh Kumar, chairman Koshish NGO Irfan Attu, Doda Youth Federation Member Rajid Wani, Obaid Balwan, Atta ur Rehman Khateeb and several others.