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A nine-year-old girl who had gone missing ten days back, from her home in the Boniyar area of north Kashmir’s district Baramulla was found dead by villagers on Sunday morning, barely a kilometer away from her home, in a decomposed state.

The deceased was identified as Muskan Jan, the daughter of Mushtaq Ahmad Ganaie, of Trikanjan, was missing since August 23. The girl, according to her father, had gone to the market and never came back home.

On Sunday morning, a few villagers, who went to the forest barely 1 km from her house found some bangles, shoes and after searching further, they found the body of the girl nearby a tree. As per villages, the acid was thrown at the victim’s legs.

Earlier in a similar incident, a 10 years old boy Umar Farooq, a resident of Gulgam area of Kupwara district, had gone missing on July 16 this year. Later on, the mutilated body of the boy was found in a stream. However, police failed to nab the culprits involved in his murder and the case had been transferred to the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir police some days ago.

The current incident has left the entire area in a state of shock. A team of doctors who conducted the autopsy of the body at Baramulla district hospital said that the body was severely decomposed. “Her vital parts which include eyeballs, visceral parts were missing and body was in a bad shape,” said a doctor who conducted the autopsy.

According to sources in police, since the body was spotted merely one kilometer from the home of the deceased, the police will also focus its investigation on the family of the deceased girl. “The father of the deceased girl has two wives, a local and another from Bihar. The chances of questioning the family members cannot be ruled out,” said a police official.

According to SSP Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain said in a statement that, “As of now, the body has been found in a decomposed state. It was very hard for the doctors to conduct the autopsy. We are working on different angles. Nothing can be ruled out. We are hopeful that the case will be solved soon.”

Meanwhile, locals have urged the authorities to solve the case on priority bases. “The incident has created panic in the area. We are afraid to send our kids out. The police should solve this case in a stipulated time so that confidence among the locals is restored back,” said Javed Ahmad who is a local resident.

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