People protest with youth’s body, block Jammu-Poonch road

People protesting against youth’s murder at Siot near Sunderbani on Tuesday.
People protesting against youth’s murder at Siot near Sunderbani on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SUNDERBANI, Dec 11: People from Siot and adjoining areas today blocked Jammu- Poonch highway for about three hours after the dead body of a missing youth was recovered from a gorge during morning today.
Reports said the dead body of one Ram Chander Sharma alias Vicky (33), son Ramesh Chander Sharma, a resident of Siot was found lying in a gorge, under mysterious circumstances in the same area today. The youth was missing for the last nine days and the family was searching for him. He went missing on the evening of Dec 2, 2018.
Today a villager noticed the semi-decomposed body of the missing Vicky lying in the gorge during morning and informed people of the area. The family members of the deceased also rushed there. Then they informed the concerned police about the matter.
The police party led by SHO rushed there and they shifted the body to the mortuary of Sunderbani hospital for postmortem. The police also examined the spot before shifting.
Later, the relatives of the deceased and villagers kept his body on Jammu -Poonch highway at Siot and blocked the road at around 11 am. The movement of vehicles on this busy highway came to grinding halt. The protesting people were raising slogans against police and demanding Rs 5 lakh relief to the victim’s family and a Govt job for one family member.
They also alleged that despite 9 days of his missing, the police failed to trace him. They also demanded action against concerned SHO, Investigating Officer and the SDPO. They termed it as blind murder and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
Later, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Nowshera, Sachin Dev Singh along with Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Nowshera, Girdhari Lal Sharma and SDPO Nowshera Khaliq Chowdary rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. The ADC assured to prove Rs one lakh and a Government job for one member of the family. He said Police Station Dharamsal has registered FIR No. 129/2018, under section 302, 364 RPC. They claimed that accused will be arrested soon. The agitating people then lifted dharna and allowed movement of vehicles on the highway.