‘Enforced disappearance’ : Leader missing for 50 days found dead

Published: July 27, 2015
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Raja Dahir Bhambro was allegedly picked up on June 4. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Raja Dahir Bhambro was allegedly picked up on June 4. PHOTO: EXPRESS

HYDERABAD: The body of missing nationalist leader Raja Dahir Bhambro, who was also the son of a notable Sindhi writer and historian, was found more than 50 days.

The 40-year-old was the father of three girls and the son of Atta Muhammad Bhambro. He was picked up from Bachal Bhambro village on June 4.

Although his body was dumped on Super Highway near Nooriabad on July 4, the family was informed by the police on Saturday evening. “The police said that they kept the body for two days at Liaquat University Hospital for identification and then handed it over to Edhi for burial,” said his brother Abdul Haq Bhambro. Babu Khan, Edhi’s Khursheed Centre in charge, also confirmed that they received the body on July 6 and later buried it in Tando Yousuf graveyard in Hyderabad. The police was informed about the body by a herdsman. According to the police, they took fingerprints and a photograph of the deceased and sent them to the National Database Registration Authority for identification details, which they received over two weeks later.

The banned nationalist outfit, Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz, has claimed that Bhambro was party’s central joint secretary and organising committee in charge. However, the family denied Bhambro’s such association with the party. The party has been accused of carrying out explosions on railway tracks and power pylons in Sindh. The alleged attacks by the party in 2014 become ferocious, when several blasts during the Independence Day celebrations in the urban areas of many districts claimed around half a dozen lives.

The family approached the judicial magistrate on Sunday to seek permission for disinterring the body for burial in the family graveyard in Khairpur, but they were asked to submit the application on Monday.

Bhambro’s father and wife filed a petition in Sindh High Court, Karachi. During the last hearing in June, the court ordered the police and the Rangers to produce the missing man before the court by June 26. So far, two hearings of the petition have been held in the SHC, while the next hearing is scheduled for August 6.

According to the post-mortem report, Bhambro was shot in the forehead. His family and activists staged protests in Hyderabad and other districts.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2015. 

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