Ashmuqam Murders: The Complete Story
SRINAGAR: A man in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, alleged to be a drunkard and drug addict by some while mentally challenged and allegedly under influence of a faith healer by others, killed his own mother and two neighbours on Friday morning along with injuring six others.
A baker by profession, Javaid Ahamd Rather, as per his father wasn’t mentally challenged but lost his semblance ever since he came under the influence of a Srinagar-based faith healer.
He says that Rather lost his cool early morning and when he tried to stop him, he (Rather) hit him on his head
“A day prior, I had got him back from Pahalgam where he was roaming and took him to the Peer who asked us to sacrifice a sheep. We did but don’t know what took over him,” Rather’s father, Ghulam Hassan, said, adding that his son wasn’t a drug addict or a drunkard.
“If he would have been an addict then how come he had two-three traditional bakery shops? He was happily married and has two daughters,” he said. Javaid was owning and ran three baking shops in Pahalgam which were manned by 10 people.