Protest as missing trader found dead – 18 Jan 2023

KASUR: Allahabad police on Tuesday recovered the body of a pesticide dealer, who had gone missing on Monday (Jan 16), near Tangrian village.

After recovery of the body, the victim`s family members, relatives, fellow traders and other locals blocked Allahabad Chowk on Dipalpur Road for traffic in protest against his `kidnap and murder`. The local traders also went on a shutter down strike.

According to police, pesticide dealer Ghulam Rasool went to his shop on Monday early in the morning to deal with a customer, but did not return home.

After failing to trace him, the dealer`s family reported the matter to police and a case was registered against unidentified kidnappers.

On Tuesday, police recovered his body from a deserted place near Tangrian village, some 20km from the victim`s house.

After collecting evidence, the police shifted the body to the local tehsil headquarters hospital for an autopsy to ascertain thecause of death.

According to police, the body had no marks of violence as per initial medical report.

They said the samples of the body had been sent to lab for chemical analysis.

The protesters said it was third such incident of lawlessness within a few weeks.

Earlier, they said, unidentified person(s) shot dead a trader, Mian Aslam and a farmer, Saleem Lumberdar, for unknown reason. Police remained clueless about the killers.

The protesters burnt tyres and threw traffic out of gear at Alahabad Chowk. They raised slogans against police for their failure to protect the lives of the area residents.

They also alleged that the police could recovered the victim alive if they had acted timely, but they turned a deaf ear to the requests of his family.

They said rising incidents of lawlessness were creating a sense of insecurity among the area residents.

Later, on an assurance by the investigation SP that justice would be done, the protesters dispersed peacefully.

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