BREP: The people of Brep have decided to hold another protest on Jan 28 (Sunday) against delays and uncertainty in providing justice to the parents of a youth who was killed mysteriously in his home in April last year.
Aslam Baig, 24, son of Purdoom of Brep, was found dead on the night of April 14 last year and his wife told his elderly grandfather after his death that he had suffered a heart attack.
The deceased was buried without conducting an autopsy as his father believed it could be a natural death despite claims by a number of relatives who had seen marks of wounds on the body. The father was in Islamabad for work when the incident occurred. A police constable from Zupu in upper Yarkhun, also the home village of the wife of the deceased, in October contracted court marriage with the widow of Aslam Baig. At this, suspicions arose over the involvement of the constable in the killing of Aslam Baig in collusion with his wife.
The Mastuj police registered an FIR of the murder against the constable and his new wife about six months after the incident and arrested them. The constable was later brought to the house of the deceased where he confessed to the murder.
However, when he was produced before a judge in Booni, the suspect denied involvement in the killing. Later, both the constable and his wife were granted bail and released.
On Dec 16, a team of doctors from Peshawar and Chitral exhumed the body of the deceased and collected samples for forensic examinations.The samples were sent to Lahore for laboratory tests. The relatives were told that the reports would come after about three weeks.
At a meeting held here on Thursday, the residents expressed their concerns that even after about 40 days the forensic lab reports had not been received by the police. They said they would hold a protest demonstration on Sunday asking the government to expedite the case to provide justice to the parents of the deceased.
When contacted, a police official in Mastuj told ChitralToday that the samples had been collected from the body to find out the possibility of any poisoning as marks of wounds could not be detected six months after the body was buried. He said the samples had been sent to Peshawar and Lahore and the police were yet to receive the results. He said after receiving the reports the police would submit it to the court for addition in the challan had already filed.
He said the police had obtained call data record of the accused man that showed he had visited his home in Zupu and the village of the deceased on the day of his death. He said the accused had also confessed to his involvement in the murder.
He said the relatives of the deceased have filed a petition in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) seeking the cancellation of the bail granted to both the accused by a local court.