NC leader found dead in Delhi, call for transport shutdown In IIOJK today

Jammu/ New Delhi, Sept 10 (KMS): Former member of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council and National Conference leader, Trilochan Singh Wazir was found murdered in New Delhi.

The partially decomposed body of 67-year-old Wazir with the head wrapped in a plastic bag was found in a washroom of the flat in West Delhi’s Moti Nagar area, which was taken on rent by his acquaintance Harpreet Singh (31), a native of Amritsar, police said.

An official said the body was found to be wrapped with three to four layers of clothes while the head was covered with a plastic bag.

According to police, Wazir arrived in Delhi on September 2 and was staying with Harpreet Singh and his friend Harmeet Singh at their rented flat in the Basai Darapur area.

Both Harpreet and Harmeet are absconding and multiple teams have been formed to trace them. Their Call Detail Records are being analysed and raids are being conducted at their possible hideouts, police said.

A case of murder was registered in this matter. The investigation has been transferred to the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch while the force’s Special Cell will assist them, officials said.

Wazir’s brother has claimed the NC leader, a resident of Jammu, was supposed to take a flight to Canada on September 2 to meet his family there. When there was no news of him for days, his family informed the Jammu Police which in turn approached the Delhi Police, an official said.

On Thursday, the Delhi Police received a PCR call from a neighbour complaining about a foul smell from a flat in Moti Nagar. On reaching the spot, police broke the door and found a partially decomposed body in the washroom, a senior police officer said.

National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah  and Omar Abdullah have expressed pain and shock over the killing of Wazir.

“Shocked by the terrible news of the sudden death of my colleague Sardar T. S. Wazir, ex-member of the Legislative Council. It was only a few days ago that we sat together in Jammu not realising it was the last time I would be meeting him. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Taking to Twitter, President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and National Spokesperson of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, said, “Shocked and deeply pained with the murder of my dearest friend like mentor S Tarlochan Singh Wazir ji in Delhi.

“He has given valuable services as Chairman of District Gurudwara Parbandak Board, J&K. My deep condolences to his family. May Waheguru grant eternal peace to his soul,” Sirsa said.

Meanwhile, All J&K Transport Welfare Association on Thursday evening said the presidents of All Commercial Transporters Associations described the death of Tarlochan Singh Wazir, who was chairman of the Association, as unfortunate and decided that no passenger/ commercial vehicles will ply today from Lakhanpur to Srinagar and Uri.

The bandh call has been given to express resentment over the killing of Wazir. The transporters have demanded investigation into the killing through a Special Investigating Team (SIT) and stern action against the culprits.