Kupwara: A year after his horrific murder, family of Umar Farooq, who was then eight-year-old, is still fighting for justice, which has remained elusive to them even after relentless struggle.
On his death anniversary on Tuesday, victim’s family members threatened to end their lives if investigators failed to crack the case and nab culprits in next four days.
Lone brother of six sisters, Farooq, a third-grader was found dead with his hand chopped off and face disfigured miles away from his home.
“His murder has left us devastated and to add to our sufferings, investigators are yet to make a headway in the case. We will be forced to commit suicide if the murderers were not nabbed in next four days,” said Farooq Ahmad Malik, father of slain Umar and a street vendor.
“We demand death to the culprits, who killed an innocent child mercilessly and have not been even identified so far. Even some neighbours and my relatives were detained for questioning but I fail to understand why are investigators still clueless,” he added and appealed Governor to intervene personally and intensify the investigations to nail down the culprits.
Shareefa Begum, victim’s mother said she has spent sleepless nights ever since her lone was brutally murdered.
“It has been a year now he was murdered in a gruesome manner that shamed the humanity. Police has cracked blind murder cases within days but in this case shockingly murderers have not been identified even after a year of the horrific crime,” Begum said.
“I appeal Crime Branch to speed up the investigations and nab the murderers. I will be forced to end life in case the authorities failed to deliver justice,”
Umar Farooq’s murder triggered days of agitation in Kashmir and violent clashes in Kupwara town.