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Two bullet-riddled bodies of BSO-A activists found

* Baloch National Movement, BSO-Azad calls for shutter-down, wheel-jam strike in Makran

Staff report

QUETTA: Two more bullet-riddled dead bodies of leaders of the Baloch Students Organisation-Azad were recovered in a deserted place near Pasni Road in Turbat, around 800 kilometres away from the provincial capital, on Wednesday.

According to the Turbat police, local people spotted two bodies in Pidarak area, some 11-kilometres away from Turbat city, and informed the police. The dead bodies were taken to Civil Hospital Turbat where they were identified as Qambar Chakar, deputy organiser of BSO-A Shal zone, and Ilyas Baloch, a student of the University of Balochistan.

Hospital sources said that both the victims received three bullet wounds each and the bodies bore marks of torture which indicated that they were tortured then killed. “The bodies are soaked with blood,” they added.

The 25-year-old Chakar was whisked away from near his residence in Shahi Tump area of Turbat on November 27 while Ilyas, 24, was picked up near Ormara by unidenfied persons when he was on his way to Gwadar in a passenger coach some 16 days ago. The family members of the both the victims accused security forces and government functionaries of killing them during illegal detention.

The family members and BSO-Azad had been persistently demanding that they must be produced before a court of law if they had committed any offence. The victims were residents of Turbat and enrolled in University of Balochistan and Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences.

The Baloch nationalist parties, including Baloch National Movement, BSO-Azad called for a shutter-down and wheel-jam strike in Makran division to condemn the killings. It may be mentioned here that the BSO-Azad and relatives of the victims held protest demonstrations and set up hunger strike camps on and off for their safe and immediate recovery.

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