A class IX student was allegedly stabbed to death and his body left for dogs on mere suspicion that the deceased was having a relationship with a girl in the apple-rich town of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Police have arrested the main accused Riyaz Ahmad Sheikh for allegedly murdering 15-year-old Dawood Nabi of Mahrajpora-Sopore. Police have also registered a case of murder under section 302 Ranbir Penal Code.
Police claimed that the accused has said he killed Dawood because he thought that he had developed “relations” with his step-daughter.
The incident came to the fore when police got information that a body of a boy mauled by stray dogs was lying in an apple orchard at Gousiaabad Sopore.
Cops backed by a team of forensic science laboratory immediately rushed to the spot and found the body with deep incised wounds on chest and abdomen besides the telltale signs of mauling by dogs.
Police said initial investigation revealed that the deceased was taken away from his home by a family acquaintance Reyaz Ahmad Sheikh of Tragpora Rafiabad on January 2 and since then he was missing.
“Manhunt was launched for Reyaz Ahmad Sheikh who was arrested on Saturday with the assistance of both technical as well as human inputs,” a police spokesman said.
Elaborating, police said on the fateful day Riyaz took the accused to nearby orchard stabbed him several times in his chest and abdomen.
“The deceased had fought back to save himself. In this process the accused received some injuries on his hands,” police said.
After killing Dawood the accused dumped the body in the orchard which is frequented by the stray dogs. “The body was badly mauled by the dogs before it was recovered from the spot,” a police official said.
It is perhaps the first such case when a body has been left for the dogs after being murdered in the restive Jammu and Kashmir.