A partial shutdown is being observed in North Kashmir’s Sopore town to mourn the ‘kidnap and murder’ of a goldsmith by four accused in December, 2017.
The call for a shutdown was yesterday given by Traders Federation Sopore and was supported by Bar Association Sopore.
Amid slogans ‘Kaatiloon ko faansi dou’ (hang the murderers), family members, relatives and traders carried the body to Iqbal market Sopore where people in hundreds offered jinaaza to the deceased.
Earlier Tuesday evening, locals with the help of police retrieved the body of gold smith Tariq Ahmad Malik from river Jehlum after 36 days of his ‘kidnap and murder’ by four accused.
Shops, business establishments, coaching centres and private offices are shut while as traffic is plying normally in the town. With normal situation around, no police deployment was put in force in the town as yet.
Tariq Ahmad Malik, a resident of Kalaroos Kupwara was living at Baba Yousuf Sopore from last 20 years.
Police said that on 26th December 2017, Tariq Ahmad, owner of Karat Line Jewellery- a jewellery shop at Chota Bazaar Sopore was kidnapped, strangulated and later on his body disposed off into river Jehlum by four accused. The four accused, all residents of Sopore confessed the crime before police and have been booked under kidnap and murder charges.
Postmortem of the body was completed at SDH Sopore in police presence.
Hospital authorities at Sopore after completing medico legalities of the body handed over to the family.