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Woman, daughter found dead

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Feb 26: Police today recovered bodies of a woman and her three year old daughter from river Jhelum who went missing 20 days ago from South Kashmir. Husband of the woman was arrested by police two days ago after in-laws alleged his role in their missing.
The bodies of mother-daughter duo missing from Nambal village of Anantnag since February 7 were recovered from Jhelum river today by Police.
The body of Afroza, 28, wife of Bashir Ahmad Shah and her two-year-old daughter Zaira Jan were recovered from the river in Semthan village of Bijbehara. The deceased was a resident of Amirpora Nambal area of Mattan in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The bodies were taken to District Hospital Anantnag for post-mortem where large number of people protested against police, administration and a local politician who they alleged was shielding the accused.
People staged protests in the compound of the hospital in Janglat Mandi against the alleged murder of the mother-daughter duo. Police fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters.
A group of women also held protest at Nambal Mattan and pelted stones at the house of her husband, Bashir Ahmad Shah, who they alleged was responsible for the death of mother-daughter duo. Police fired teargas to disperse the protesters.
Bodies were later taken to village Adlach in Srigufwara area of Pahalgam in district Anantnag and they were buried there. Over 1000 people attended the last rites of the duo.
Father of Afroza said that the husband and wife had a matrimonial dispute for long. He alleged that her husband was beating her. He said that 20 days back she returned home but was beaten by her husband and was asked to leave the home.
He said that since that night her daughter and grand daughter went missing. He said that father and mother of Bashir Ahmad Shah are also involved in the death Afroza and Zaira. He demanded their immediate arrest in the case.

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