Body of a 12-year-old youth from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) was Tuesday recovered from Kishanganga River in Gurez of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Reports reaching GNS said that some laborers spotted the body floating in the river near Ashoora Sindyal area upon which authorities were informed who later retrieved it.
Although the identity of the deceased was yet to be ascertained officially, social media was abuzz with the ‘posts’ identifying the boy as Aabid Shaikh son of Nazir Ahmad Shaikh hailing from Minimarg of Gurez in tehsil Astoor, Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK). A facebook post suggests that the boy went missing yesterday, while returning from his school.
The parents of the boy in the ‘post’ have implored upon Government of Pakistan to take measures to bring the body back to other side. The authenticity of the post could not be independently verified.
SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik confirmed to GNS the recovery of the body and said that the identity of the boy is being ascertained.
“We have conducted the postmortem of the deceased and further necessary action is being taken,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, an official of the administration when asked about the claims on social media including facebook that the deceased boy belongs to PaK and the subsequent appeals for returning of the body told GNS: “we are not in a position to ascertain the claims as of now”.
He said once it becomes clear, the decision will be taken accordingly in this regard.”