The Forensic report in the case related to the murder of a 21-year-old engineering student has said the wounds on the body did not suggest involvement of stray dogs. The report contradicts the police claim that Owais Bashir Malik’s body was mutilated by stray dogs after he was murdered, allegedly by 21-year-old Ishaan Majeed.
The accused had reportedly been talking to Malik over the phone, impersonating as a woman named Umaira. Police have said that a scuffle broke out between Malik and Majeed near the railway tracks at Srinagar’s Peerbagh when the former came to know of the impersonation. It was during this scuffle that Majeed killed Malik, police have said.
Three Railway Police personnel have also been arrested in the case, with police claiming that they tried to dispose of the body away from the tracks to avoid the charge of dereliction of duty.
In its chargesheet filed before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Budgam, police had said the body was mutilated by stray dogs. However, the team of doctors that conducted Malik’s autopsy have contradicted the police version in their response to a questionnaire from the SDPO, the investigating officer in the case. “Nature of wounds does not suggest that it was due to dogs/rodents,” they have said.
The doctors have mentioned that Malik’s upper limb was separated from the body and there were clean cuts on the margins of the shoulder blade and other body parts. “Margins of the skin in the neck and chest wall at most of the places are clean cut(s),” said the forensic report. The report and the response to the questionairre were filed in the court Tuesday.
The forensic report also ruled out the police claim that severing of the right arm could have been caused while the body was dragged. It also contradicted the police version that Malik had received head injuries during the scuffle. “No evidence or any external injury or deformity (was) seen” on the head, it said.
Families of Malik and Ishaan have questioned the police investigation ever since they claimed to have solved the case at a press meet on January 19, five days after the murder.
On Tuesday afternoon, Malik’s relatives staged a protest in Srinagar and blocked the airport road, demanding proper investigation into the case.