On 20th March 2021, the Dead bodies of four teenagers were found in a field of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu Janikhel district. These four teenagers were identified as Ahmadullah, Mohammad Rahim, Razamullah, and Atifullah.
According to their family, the boys went hunting and had gone missing for 3 weeks but the police didn’t submit their FIR. When their dead bodies were found, Police submitted FIR, send their bodies for postmortem, and starts an investigation to find murders.
At the same time, the Chief Minister of KPK ensures that the government is conducting a high-level investigation into the incident. “I want to promise you that we will hunt those criminals responsible for this heinous act,” he tweeted on March 25.
Their family demanded the immediate arrest of the criminals involved in the kidnapping and murder of the four teenagers. But police didn’t find killers thus, they started protesting with coffins of deceased boys, refusing to bury them until they arrest killers.
The local administration assures their families that they will find killers but the bodies should be buried first, but locals refused to do so.
On Sunday, Jani Khel residents refuse to bury murdered. They started a long march to Islamabad along with the bodies, demanding action against anti-state elements.
At the start, the march was going peacefully but when protesters reached Toche Pull, they faced a blockade and resistance from the police. Police stop them forcefully and used tear gas to disappear them, to stop the march. In response, the protesters threw stones at the police.
After keeping the road blocked for several hours, police allowed the march to continue, according to the protester.
“Disappointed with the provincial government, the elders of Janikhel decided to march towards Islamabad. They agreed to not bury the bodies till they find the killers,” Protestor told.
KP social welfare minister Hisham Inamullah along with some elders of the Marwat tribe reached Bannu to talk with protesters. He told protesters that the tribes of Marwat and Bannu had brotherly ties. The former shared the grief of the residents over the boys’ killing. The minister urged the protesters to bury the bodies, saying he would convey their “genuine demands” to the chief minister and PM Imran Khan.
A protester told reporters that they have informed the chief minister and his team of their demands. They want a financial package for families, release of arrested protesters, and restoration of peace in the area.
According to him, the chief minister has announced Rs1 million for the family of each victim and assured the protesters that will be released. The deadlock persists on their third demand.
CM Mahmood Khan told the protesters that the incident was a challenge for his government and the law enforcement agencies. Additionally, he said the forensic experts will find murders and will be arrested soon. There was no result of the negotiations, with the protest leaders seeking time to consult the Janikhel tribe.
Earlier, protestors had placed dead bodies outside the local police station demanding justice. Political and social activists and local people also participated in the protest to show unity with protesters.
Although, local administration officials failed to convince the protesters to call off the protest. The Federal and KPK Government didn’t take any action to arrest killers. Thus, this issue became more highlighted, Although it could sort out easily. This incident is a challenge for our security forces, and administration it is their responsibility to find killers and punished them.