BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: To conduct an autopsy, authorities on Tuesday exhumed the body of a four-year old boy who was said to be killed by djinns in Chilas town of Gilgit – Baltistan’s Diamer valley.
“The exhumation was done to conduct autopsy,” deputy commissioner Diamer Usman Ahmad said on Tuesday.
“The body parts have been collected to send them to Lahore for examination,” he said, adding it will take a week before they will get the report from doctors at Lahore.
The permission for the exhumation was granted by a judicial magistrate on request from local police.
According to another official, the decision to conduct postmortem by a laboratory in Lahore was taken as the region of Gilgit – Baltistan lacked sophisticated equipment.
The four years old Ahmad went missing nearly two weeks ago from the Somal village of Chilas, a town in Diamer Valley of G-B. His mutilated body was found dumped in a nearby forest this week. The family neither registered a police case nor took the body for a post-mortem after a Rawalpindi-based exorcist, Qari Mazoorul Haq, told them the boy was killed by “supernatural forces”.
“The body was badly mutilated,” said an official who was present during the exhumation.
He said it appeared the child had been subjected to brutal torture which led to his death.
The body was however laid to rest again.
“Both hands were chopped off and the face and a thigh had deep bruises,” the official said on the condition of anonymity as he wasn’t allowed to speak to media on behalf of the government.
In modern world, the likes of murder of a preschooler can be seen only in Hollywood supernatural horror films. However stories associated with dejinn abound the valley which is one of the most backward in the region and has the lowest literacy rate.