Father of missing TA man who dug earth for over a year to trace missing son’s body finds it decomposed

Kashmir Times. Dated: 9/23/2021 1:26:28 AM

SRINAGAR, Sep 22: The decomposed body, which was found on Wednesday morning in Mohammad Pora village of Kulgam district has been identified that of missing rifleman of 162 Battalion of Territorial Army, Shakir Manzoor Wagey.
Talking to the news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Manzoor Ahmad Wagey father of missing TA soldier said that he has identified the body and it was his son Shakir Manzoor, who went missing last year.
Shakir Manzoor, a TA soldier of 162 Battalion hailing from Harmain village of Kulgam, went missing on the evening of August 2 last year. His vehicle was also found abandoned on that day in the area.
About seven days later, his clothes were found in a ditch 3 km from the house. Wagay breaks down as he holds out a pair of beige trousers and a brown shirt covered with dried blood and mud. A piece of the shirt was found inside the burnt vehicle as well which, the family believes, could have been torn in the scuffle of the kidnapping.
A week after this incident, an audio clip circulated on social media made unverified claims that “the soldier’s killing and denial of his body to his family was retribution for a similar policy adopted by J&K authorities for militants killed in encounters”.
On the records, Shakir was missing till now and police had earlier said that the case is under investigation.
Manzoor Ahmed Wagey who believed right from the very beginning that his son had been kidnapped and possibly killed had been digging the earth from village to village since his son went missing, hoping to find his 25-year old son’s body.
Wagay is convinced that his son has been killed. “A woman had seen about four men torturing him. Given that and the blood on his clothes, I don’t think he could have survived,” he was reported to have told media persons earlier.
Every other day since then, the father would hear about a sighting from days ago and take his shovel and head over to dig earth and search for his son’s body.
Earlier today, a decomposed male body was found near BSNL tower in Mohamad Pora village of Kulgam.
An official said that the body was taken into possession by the police for identification and later it was identified as that of missing TA soldier.



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