TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic details in the news
KULGAM — A decomposed male body was recovered on Wednesday morning in Mohammad Pora village of Kulgam district and is suspected to be that of a Territorial Army trooper from Shopian who was abducted and allegedly killed by militants in August last year.
On August 2, 2020, Shakir Manzoor Wagay, 24, a rifleman with the 162 Battalion of Indian Army’s Territorial Army unit, had come home at Reshipora Shopian. He went missing when was driving back to a nearby army camp where he was posted.
An official statement issued the next day said that Shakir’s burnt car had been found in the neighbouring Kulgam district. “It is suspected that the soldier has been abducted by terrorists. Search operation in progress,” the statement had said.
While the body is beyond recognition, GNS quoted an unnamed police officer saying that Shakir’s father, Manzoor Ahmad Wagay, has identified the body, based on its hair and foot, as that of his son.
Talking to KNO, Manzoor said that he has identified the body as that of his son.
However, police have decided to get DNA sampling done to ascertain whether the body is that of Shakir or not. “The DNA test will surely reveal if the body is that of Shakir,” the officer said.
The decomposed dead body was recovered from an orchard in Mohammad Pora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday morning.
The corpse was wrapped in a blue-coloured tarpaulin near a BSNL tower, and it had decomposed to the extent that the skull was seen with flesh left in few parts only.