‘Police didn’t help me even once’ alleges father of missing trooper from Shopian


Srinagar, Nov 11: The family and relatives of a trooper of south Kashmir’s Shopian district who had been missing for over three months, on Wednesday staged a protest in Srinagar, alleging authorities are showing no concern in locating the dead body of their beloved son.
According to news agency, rifleman Shakir Manzoor (24), of Reshipora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was allegedly abducted on August 2 this year after he left his home. His car was later found torched in the neighboring Kulgam district. His family also found his torn clothes with bloodstains at three places in an orchard near his home.
Mystery still shrouds over the disappearance of the trooper, Shakir Manzoor, even as an undated and unverified audio had surfaced on social media in which a person, suspected to be a militant, claimed to have killed the abducted the said soldier and not returned the body. 
The protesting family members who were assembled here in Press Enclave Srinagar told reporters that since August they are trying hard to locate the body of Shakir Manzoor. They were also carrying placards demanding justice for their son.
“From past three months we have been approaching everyone but nobody has helped us in retrieving the body. If he has been killed, then please help us to locate his body and if he is alive, then too please help us in locating him,” Manzoor Ahmad father of missing army trooper said.
Manzoor while recalling the day his son was abducted said, “They (abductors) arrived in six to eight vehicles, everyone in the village saw them. For five to six days they would drag my son tied to a vehicle in the villages. Police did not come to help me not even once during those days. I took upon them myself while putting my village at risk. We wandered everywhere looking for my son, during those times I even found the dead body of a Sarpanch thinking of him as my son. I would like to reiterate that police did nothing,” he lamented.
“If a soldier is killed by the army of other nations even his body is returned, my son disappeared in the radius of just a couple of villages, why can’t be his body found?”
He demanded that case should be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to expose the truth behind the killing. 


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