The family of engineering student Owais Bashir Malik, who was murdered on January 12 on the outskirts of Srinagar, has rejected the police version that the 21-year-old was killed by his childhood friend, who had been pretending to be a girl for the past one year.
Owais’s body was found on January 14, two days after he went missing. Police claimed he was killed by Ishaan Majeed (21), who was in the same school as the victim till Class V. A year ago, Ishaan created a Facebook profile under the name Umaira and got in touch with Owais. The two started spending hours on the phone, with Owais clueless about Ishaan’s identity, police said.
“On January 12, the two finally met near a railway track. Ishaan told us that once he revealed his true identity to Owais, he was shocked,” said Deputy Inspector General Ghulam Hassan Bhat. “They had a scuffle, during which Owais fell and hit his head on a stone. Ishaan told us he kicked him but once he saw he was not moving, he got scared and fled. He destroyed two of his SIM cards and went to his aunt’s home in Bandipore.”
But Owais’s father Bashir Ahmad Malik said he doesn’t believe the police. “We saw Ishaan once; there is no way he could have killed my son. He is a frail boy, while my son was tall and wel- built,” Malik said. “How can I believe the police version?His entire body was full of injuries, his neck was slit, there were scratches across his chest and he had a wound on his leg.”
Malik, who lives in Peerbagh, said nobody from his family was aware that Owais was going to meet Ishaan. “We have been pleading with the police to investigate further,” he said.
Meanwhile, three Railway Police personnel have also been arrested in the case. According to police, they allegedly found the body but instead of informing the police, they dragged it and threw it away from the track.
But Bhat maintained the SIT conducted a thorough probe.